The Life of Discarded Things - No.9 'The Unglazed Cup'
Japanese folklore & proverbs are a huge source of inspiration to me and this series of prints looks at an area of particular fascination. In Japanese folklore all things have a spirit (or a god residing within them), including such items as household tools and objects. In literature and illustrated books there are examples of Yōkai (a supernatural monster or spirit/妖怪) which have been transformed from everyday items into mischievous characters once they reach 100 years in age. But in addition, an object that has been tossed aside or remained unused without the proper thanks can also become animated into taking revenge. This series of prints will highlight some of the characters you may find familiar in your own home, and might give you pause for thought.
Ninth in the series is ‘The Unglazed Cup’.
Every print comes with a signed and stamped paper 'story slip' (see images above) describing how the character depicted came to their discarded life:
“The Life of Discarded Things/ No.9 The Unglazed Cup/素焼カップ
Living in a potter’s studio isn’t always fun for the pots that reside there – this little cup has been sitting and waiting his turn to be glazed on a high shelf for quite some time, but as glazing is his maker’s least favourite part of the process he seems to have been left behind.
He dreams of one day living in the home of a ceramics collector and being posted in a beautifully styled picture for #mugshotmonday on Instagram.
Until that day comes however (if it ever does), he entertains himself by crumbling up crusty bits of clay from around the studio and dropping them into the glaze bucket - if he can’t be glazed beautifully, then he will make sure no other pot will either..."
The story slip can be pasted on to the backing board of a frame, or mounted in a window under the print itself for framing if desired (if using bespoke framing).
Individually hand printed using Japanese archival pigment inks and hand carved rubber printing blocks, with hand inked details. Each print will have natural small variations, due to the methods used - the one you receive may not be exactly the same as the one shown in the photographs.
Printed on 100g oatmeal 100% recycled paper (with natural flecks).
Paper size: A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11.7 x 16.5 inches).
Signed in pencil and stamped with nakamura characters [中村] in red ink.
Please note: the print is sold unframed, but fits an IKEA ribba frame.