Hanafubuki

Suspended Within a snowglobe of swirling petals, time pauses, this is the ephemeral beauty of sakura snow.

 

Every spring a blooming front of cherry trees moves from the far south of Japan to the north. With its advance it powders the cities and countryside in a magenta, pink and purple blush. Whilst its arrival is heralded with reverence, it is only after you have stood beneath a blossoming sakura that you succumb to its delicate power. And just as you believe the sakura's beauty to be of wilt, it will send forth a final cyclone of fragrance and pastels, capturing you in an enchanting snowstorm; a spiralling tempest of falling cherry tree bloom.

 

 
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the Hanafubukis

 

Flurries of cherry tree petals fall, enchanting all who pass beneath them by the wonder of sakura snow.   

These pieces are hand thrown, finished and bisque fired before being dipped in a glaze we call 'Lilac Skies.' Next the pieces are fired to stoneware temperatures (around 1330°C)  in a heavily reduced environment. The glaze is a delicate blend based off traditional flambes and chuns, extremely receptive to the variables that gas kilns can offer. As the atmosphere and temperature slightly vary throughout the kiln the glaze does too - sometimes falling in gentle gradients of lilacs and blues with, other times blossoming in rich magentas and cascades of green. The closer we stare at these glazes, the more we are reminded of our time being caught in the beauty of Hanafubuki.  

 
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Before the Storm (1, 2 & 3)

Arranged in the Asanoha pattern, which is often used in Japanese sashiko, these pieces form a series of crystalline reflections. A tessellating meditation on the fleeting appearance of the sakura before in one last beautiful act, they fall petal by petal to the floor. 

 ( 18cm diameter, Giclee prints on Arches Aquarelle, sewn together using 100% cotton thread )

 
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What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.
— Kobayashi Issa
 
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