(Japanese, b. 1953)
Porcelain with white trailing glaze
Overall: 35.6 x 47 x 52.1 cm (14 x 18 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2023.39
After watching his father and grandfather destroy unsellable wares at the family kiln, Nagae began to investigate and experiment with warped and abstracted forms in his own porcelain.
In this porcelain, two fluid boxes form a parallelogram, one inside the other, each moving to its own rhythm. Razor thin, the porcelain shapes are reminiscent of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper. By challenging fixed ideas for what is possible with porcelain, Nagae Shigekazu has created a new form of ceramic art.
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