Ricca Okano

Medium Mug #04 - "Sky & Earth" 2023

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Medium mug by Ricca Okano, from the exhibition "Sky & Earth", October 2023 at DEA EAST.

Medium sized, with a round yellow handle, and in a white and black textured glaze  with blue drips and a glossy blue “pool” inside.

A striking piece that requires considered looking, Ricca Okano's signature style elevates vessels to works of art. Each shifting surface is testament to the artist's touch, a collaboration between determined intent and the fluid nature of clay.

Forms are thrown loosely on the wheel, connected by hand and meticulously worked back into the whole. Dry, glassy and crawling glazes are layered over slip, manifesting abstract landscapes and obscured manuscripts.

While colourful drips and deep, pooling glazes reference the role of the reciprocal, Okana's works function simultaneously as multifaceted paintings in the expanded sculptural field.

This piece is part of the body of work from her exhibition "Sky & Earth" at DEA EAST, October 2023.

height: 13cm
width: 15cm (incl. handle)
opening: 7cm

Nb. this is a hand made piece and measurements are approximate.

Hand made in Japan.

See all Ricca's mugs from this exhibition, from other years, as well as our full selection of work by Ricca Okano.

Ricca Okano is based in Karuizawa in the mountainous Nagano prefecture of Japan. Her aesthetic is instantly recognisable as one that extends beyond the boundaries of the ceramic object. Embracing a state of multiplicity, her pieces are both sculptural and illustrative, utilitarian and sublime, culminating in vibrant and explosive works that are driven by instinct and the desire to capture her natural environment.

Read more about Ricca Okano.