Oval Bowl in Chocolate

Monohanako

Monohanako Oval Bowl by Hanako Nakazato Made in Maine USA
  • Monohanako Oval Bowl by Hanako Nakazato Made in Maine USA
  • Monohanako Oval Bowl by Hanako Nakazato Made in Maine USA
  • Monohanako Oval Bowl by Hanako Nakazato Made in Maine USA
  • $28.00

Handmade by Monohanako, this small oval bowl fits perfectly in a cupped hand. Its walls arch gracefully like waves.

At home, the artist uses this dish to serve small appetizers and pureed soups. It also serves well for mise en place while preparing meals. 

The dark chocolate glaze is earthy and stone-smooth. The color is deep and grounding, but the enamel-like finish reflects light and speaks warmth.

- Measures approximately 4" x  3" x 2" deep
- Chocolate Glaze
- Wash by hand

Like all of Monohanako’s work, this piece is delicate. Its fragility requires the beholder to be present in the moment, even when washing a dish after use. Placing a soft liner between each piece when stacking multiple is worth the moment of gentle pause. How clever to use a handmade work of art to remind of this ideal.

Hanako Nakazato is a 14th generation potter from Japan. Her technique and philosophy are rooted in the ceramic traditions of Karatsumono, but working and living in the West have influenced the shapes and surfaces of her work.  

Dividing her time between her studios in and Union, Maine and Kyushu, Japan, Hanako creates exquisite yet simple forms that balance beauty and functionality.

The pristine landscapes and dramatic seasonal changes of Maine have clearly inspired the colors and textures in Hanako’s work in the years she has spent here. She translates the color of the sky to the glaze of a cup and the speckles of a bird’s egg to the surface of a bowl.

Even while the colors and textures stimulate the imagination, Monohanako pieces maintain a simplicity and purity of form that leaves room for whatever the vessel might hold. Hanako believes that her pottery is “finished” or made complete through use.

From the Artist: “Every day is different. Just like you change what you wear based on different seasons, occasions and your mood, I hope you enjoy the changes in everyday life through how you use pottery.”



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