Born in Niigata, Japan, ice and snow run in Hoshino Satoru's heritage. Snow on mountainous regions only begins to melt in late spring. In ‘Spring Snow Jar’, Hoshino-san articulates the natural movements of late spring down a snow-capped mountain. He shows the seasonal character of Niigata in Spring: on a clear early spring day on elevated ground, light is reflected on brilliant snow that has rested on a mountainous surface all throughout the long winter. The green moss begins to reveal itself, invoking the coming summer season. The vase’s body is coiled and covered with a brilliant blue and white gradating glaze. He has made playful, rocky indentations on the surfaces using his thumb and finger- this method recalls the simple impulse of pinching wet clay. The piece is dramatic and full of childhood nostalgia.