KIM Hono’s (b. 1958) take on the jar is nothing less than revolutionary. His coloring is bold, and his skill is highly unusual, resulting in a vessel that both surprises and delights. His jars are built from large strips of clay which are then molded and creased into his desired form, usually a nod to traditional shapes but with playful deviations from the expected. His tender and bright colors are unglazed, leaving a soft matte surface that retains the texture of the clay. Hono’s organic forms and colors suggest the early buds of spring flowers, tender and lovely.
The “TATARA” is a traditional Japanese furnace for smelting iron and steel: This jar invokes an industrial sensibility.