Vase with lotus flower

Decorated by Kataro Shirayamadani American, born Japan
Manufacturer Rookwood Pottery Company American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

It was at the Rookwood Pottery that the drive toward more organic, plant-based forms found fruition in American art pottery. Whether it was a result of the general zeitgeist of 1900 or more specific influences from Europe, some Rookwood artists gradually freed their designs from the constraints of wheel-based forms and painted decoration. Rookwood decorator Kataro Shirayamadani broke the norm with great daring in a bowl, which is wholly in high relief and is shaped like a lotus leaf and flower. The artist was likely looking at Eastern models, possibly Japanese bronzes shaped like a lotus plant. There is a Japanese tradition of lotus-shaped vessels, often with small perforations in the leaves, as are found in Shirayamadani’s vase.

Vase with lotus flower, Decorated by Kataro Shirayamadani (American (born Japan), Tokyo 1865–1948 Cleveland, Ohio), Earthenware, American

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