New Work at OEN Shop – ReiRABO Collection by Yumiko iihoshi
We’ve had some great items arrive lately, so I’ve had to stagger them here on the blog to make sure we didn’t bombard you with content. Last week we received a selection of re-stocks from Yumiko in the store, mostly from her Oxymoron collection, such as the large plate, tea cup, bowl and small plate. Alongside these we also received some new items that I thought I’d share here today.
The new items are from a series that goes under the name of ReIRABO. Irabo is a type of Korean pottery that was admired by Japanese tea-masers as they embodied a “high aesthetic ideal”. Because the thin glazes highlighted the textured clay beneath, Japanese connoisseurs named this type of tea ware after the Japanese term ira-ira, meaning “upset” or “annoyed”. Yumiko has put this series in to mass-production on a porcelain clay after many iterations at her studio, and has now created a selection of tableware that really tests the boundaries of a handmade product.
I’m pleased to share a few photos that I took last week and have now uploaded to the shop. I’m particularly in awe of the unique glazing as it spools on the surface of the porcelain. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch, more views like this can be seen in the shop.