Shell Vase

Monohanako

Monohanako Tall White Cylinder Vase by Hanako Nakazato Made in Maine USA Shell Imprints
  • Monohanako Tall White Cylinder Vase by Hanako Nakazato Made in Maine USA Shell Imprints
  • Monohanako Tall White Cylinder Vase by Hanako Nakazato Made in Maine USA Shell Imprints
  • $185.00

Named for the imprints of shells used to support this handmade cylinder vase during firing, this one-of-a-kind porcelain treasure exudes understated elegance.

- Measures 4.25" diameter x 11" tall
- Wash by hand

Like all of Monohanako’s work, this piece is delicate. Its fragility requires the beholder to be present in the moment. 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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