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Nara Yuki, when porcelain becomes architecture

His vases are born of the harmonious marriage of technology and tradition, celebrated by an artist’s eye.

Heir to eleven generations of Japanese ceramists who have been working with clay for 350 years – his father, Ohi Chozaemon XI, was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit – but also a graduate in architecture from Tokyo University of the Arts, Nara Yuki explores these two dimensions and pushes the limits to conceive works that border on abstraction.

The architectural idea presides over the creation. Computer modelling allows his complex geometry to be detailed, breaking down the volume of each piece into multiple slices.

Assembled on the central core of the vase, these beginnings give birth to a form that seems to be expanding in space. Thanks to the whiteness of the porcelain, the light participates in the staging and the optical effects, accentuating the cuts through the play of shadows.

The voids are as important as the solids in this work, inviting you to turn the work around to perceive all its dimensions.

Sophie Reyssat