Sunday, March 25, 2012
Katsumata Chieko, Untitled (Mudai), 1998 [coral sculpture]
Katsumata Chieko was born in 1950 in Japan, and studied at the Ecole National Supérieur des Arts Appliqués et Metiers d'Art in France where she found a following initially, then moved back to Japan. Her works reflect her interest in nature, specifically plant life and coral, seen in the above work. Drawing on her background in painting, she has developed her own technique to apply the color, by applying a clay slip colored with metallic dyes and pigments with a brush and filtering gauze after a bisque-fire. The texture on this coral piece is quite striking.