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Inspired by the curling and withering leaves of local vegetation like the lotus, China root and orchid plants with their pronounced veins, Inaba Chikako creates elegantly furled sculptural vessels.  The struggle to survive in the face of nature’s inevitable power has inspired this upcoming artist to look at these beautiful plants in a new way. Her white, fluted and curving forms appear like leaf-like vessels, ready to contain droplets of dew or descending raindrops. It is their capacity to retain moisture in their curled state that has led Inaba to this new series. Hand-built with a thick opaque white glaze applied over a thickly walled stoneware body, each form is distinctive and seductive.


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