Undulating, 2019

Hong Kong 2019
Taka Ishii Gallery
Porcelain, glass, platinum, slug
11.0 x 19.0 x 15.8 (cm)
4.3 x 7.5 x 6.2 (inch)
Kentaro Kawabata was born 1976 in Saitama and currently lives and works in Gifu. After graduating from the Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center in 2000, Kawabata began winning awards for his work, including the Kamoda Shoji Award at the Mashiko Pottery Exhibition (2004) and the Paramita Museum Ceramic Award (2007). A bowl formed works titled “Undulating” is named for its extremely fine and meandering rims, formed by a busy thumb and index finger rubbing action which Kawabata did even as a child, without clay. This work achieves its washes of color through the melting of colored glass and gravity, glazes, glints of platinum painted in the body of the bowl and gilding the work’s delicate rim. His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions at highly-reputed ceramic institutions, including the National Museum of Modern Art’s Crafts Gallery (“The Power of Decoration: A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kôgei (Studio Crafts)”, 2009), the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum (“Phenomenon of Contemporary Ceramic”, 2014), and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu (2004, 2010).