The last time I was in Tokyo I picked up this book by ceramicist Taizo Kuroda and was blown away! Kuroda (whose name literally and ironically means black rice paddy) creates porcelain pieces that radiate a certain glow that is only attainable through pure white. It made me want to redecorate my apartment in only white.
The book is quite fascinating. It illustrates the beauty of white (which, if you’ll recall from art fundamentals 101, is the presence of all colors) but also explores themes of perfection and imperfection. Many of the pieces are perfectly symmetrical up until the lip, where the artist destroys the symmetry by subtly collapsing edges.
Aren’t these pieces amazing? Oh how I would love to line them up on my window sill.
He’s represented by the Yoshii Gallery in NY.