Born in Niigata, Japan, ice and snow run in Hoshino Satoru (b. 1945) veins. Snow on mountainous regions only begin to melt in late spring. In ‘Spring Snow Jar’, Hoshino-san articulates the natural movements of snow late spring down snow-capped mountains. He shows the seasonal and changing character of Niigata in Spring: the sun and moon light is reflected on brilliant snow that has rested on a mountainous surface all throughout the long winter. 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 a childlike technique as well as his childhood spent on the mountaintops. The piece is dramatic and full of childhood nostalgia.