Large Vase - Ume
The large UME vase, designed by ceramic artist Jimu Kobayashi, is hand-decorated with his effective brushstroke. This stroke reveals the color blue in many shades. One can follow the line and lose oneself in it. Moreover, this stroke also represents the cycle of life: it ends where it began.
Below the brushstroke, the family crest, accompanying the family for generations, adorns the limited vase. UME is the name of Jimu's grandmother - his grandparents are key figures in his creative journey.
The large UME vase was handcrafted in Portugal and adorned in Germany by Jimu with his art. The limited collection consists of 50 small and 50 large vases, each identifiable by a hand-applied number on the bottom.
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About the Artist Jimu Kobayashi
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My first conscious contact with ceramics was through my grandmother. She practices traditional tea ceremonies in Japan. During a visit to my grandmother, she guided me through the ceremony and explained all the components of a tea ceremony. The tea bowl is, of course, an essential part of it. The way to examine such a tea bowl in the tea ceremony completely redefined my view of the object. That's where my interest started in finding out what material this incredibly beautiful tea bowl was made of and how it was made. In my studies as an industrial designer, I learned the execution of ceramic processes in industry and at the potter's wheel.
First and foremost, I am fascinated by the process of ceramics. Starting with modeling a soft lump of clay, the finished ceramic object is created through firing in the oven at high temperatures. The material goes through a kind of metamorphosis. The idea that these techniques have been used for centuries and are still being worked with is incredible. For me personally, working with the material is exciting because it is so versatile. From everyday objects to aerospace technology or dental technology (haha). With each new form, new challenges arise in the implementation, which must be solved like a puzzle. This drives me to become ever better and better in craftsmanship and to get to know the material better.
For me, my work is a kind of search for identity. I am a Japanese born and raised in Düsseldorf. However, I have never really lived in Japan. Therefore, as a young person, I always had an internal problem with the question of my belonging. However, through my work, I can answer this question of belonging by using Japanese and German aesthetics and combining them.
The brushstroke on my works has different meanings. In some objects, I want to emphasize and underline the shape with the brushstroke, or break the shape and show a contrast. The brushstroke itself also carries a structure in its line, which is very multifaceted. From a full, deep blue, which then develops into a very soft, inconsistent shade of blue. It is meant to draw the viewer's gaze, who then follows the line and thereby can better understand the form.