Hitomi Hosono – the ceramic intricacy of plants

Hitomi Hosono I’m a big fan of Hitomi Hosono, the ceramicist whose modern take on a Jomon pot has been acquired by the British Museum and is currently on display in their Japanese Gallery.  So I was excited to hear she had been selected as one of the artists in this year’s Jerwood Makers Open, which recognises rising stars in the world of applied arts and supports them with open commissions. The result of this in Hosono’s case is seven beautiful porcelain pots in shades of yellow, emerald green and coral. Continue reading

Winners of Jerwood Makers Open 2013

Nahoko Kojima - ByakuSince it was first awarded in 2010, the Jerwood Makers Open has established itself as one of the UK’s premier awards for applied artists. Unlike other competitions, the artist’s ideas are central – there is no submission theme or curated pathway, and the award itself is a £7,500 commission for new work. Let me introduce you to this year’s five winners (from over two hundred entries), starting with the amazing paper sculpture of Nahoko Kojima.  Continue reading