Artist: Ryuhei Sako
Dimension: 163 x 155 x 213 mm
Technique: Mokume-Gane: Silver, copper, syakudo, shibuichi, kuromido
About the Artist
Born in 1976 in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture
1999, graduated from Hiroshima City University, Department of Design and Applied Arts, Faculty of Arts.
2012, Studied at Graduate School of Arts: Doctoral Programme, Hiroshima City University.
Has exhibited several times at the Onishi Gallery in New Your and is one of the nominees for the Lowe Foundation Craft Prize in 2018.
What “Vase” is saying?
I decided to include a decorative object in this selection of art as sometimes there are certain pieces that due to their exquisite craftsmanship they rank very highly in our appreciation because of their “perfection” or/and “beauty”; making us feel marveled, excited and touched at a deep level.
This ability of making us feel is very similar to those emotions a traditional art work would inspire in us.
In this case this vase designed and made by Ryuhei Sako have by itself that sculpture like quality where shape, volume, texture, scale and proportions provide us with the experience of a tridimensional piece wanting to be explored and admired not just with our eyes but with our hands as well.
This first layer of appreciation is taken to another level when one learns about the ancient technique used for making it possible: Mokume-Gane.
“Mokume-Gane is a decorative Japanese metal working technique, which originated from the 17th century when it was used to decorate samurai swords. The term when translated means “wood grain metal” ”.
How the artist combined 26 layers of metal to create that lace effect and how it gets denser when reaching the rim of the vase is something that surprises in his rhythm, colors and structure, mimicking the perfection of nature in its wilder moments.
In what Room to place it?
Due to its character, beauty and scale it is a piece that can be placed in any room of the house, although the living room, hallway or study would be my favorite rooms to be considered for welcoming it.
Personally I would try this piece as a sculpture, hence would give it its own space on a pedestal or niche so with the help of light the shape and effects on its surface can be admired.