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Shoka Vase


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The legendary Jasper Portland Vase is recognized throughout the world, not only for its hand-applied classical bas relief scenes, but also for its distinctive, elegant Grecian urn shape, twin handles and pale blue color. For her unique interpretation, Hitomi wanted to bring old and new together in one piece, connecting Wedgwood’s history with her new application of natural forms. She chose the fern as a decorative theme after exploring the archives finding that it expressed both softness and the beauty of sequence. Having stained the unglazed stoneware body a bolder shade of turquoise blue and replaced the classical nymphs and scenes with a truly exquisite layering of white bas relief ferns, the Turquoise Portland Vase is a true work of art. The ferns seem to grow upwards from the base in an organic form, overlapping one another, completely covering one handle and reaching their fronds into the mouth of the vase. Hitomi’s evocative Japanese title for this unique piece is ‘Shoka’ meaning sublimation which from the Latin ‘sublimare’ means ‘raised to a higher status’. It is as though the piece has been transitioned through nature from something solid to ethereal.

The skilled artisans at Barlaston use ancient skills and their years of training to meticulously create the items in this collection. Each individual Shōka piece is double cast to create the shape. It is then put onto a turning lathe where the craftsman slowly turns back the surface of the clay, revealing a smooth base body ready for ornamenting. The 12 fern ornament designs are added, with 16 separate intricate applications by the skilled ornamentors and only fired once. Offered as a limited edition of only 5 pieces, each Shoka vase takes just over 14 hours to produce and is a truly inspirational piece of art. Every piece is hand-crafted at Barlaston as a highly limited-edition collectable item and artifact with an impress bearing Hitomi’s Japanese signature, the Wedgwood stamp and limited-edition number.

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Height:26.416cm / 10.4 in
Width:19.812cm / 7.8 in
Depth:19.812cm / 7.8 in
Dishwasher Safe:No
Microwave Safe:No
Is In Box:Yes

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Shoka Vase 701587411424
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For her unique interpretation, Hitomi wanted to bring old and new together in one piece, connecting Wedgwood’s history with her new application of natural forms.