More about Arita Vase VI, 2016
'The town of Arita was the centre for the production of Japanese porcelain wares, exported from the port of Imari in Western Japan between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century.
Known as Imari ware, it is decorated with cobalt blue underglaze with red and gold onglaze. Made only for export to the West, it was often imitated by Chinese and European potters. I based my Arita pieces on a popular floral design, which appealed to me both as an attractive surface pattern and as an example of the way in which fashion, styles, materials and processes have travelled the world.
My pieces are an attempt to extend the journey of the Imari story, in this case by converting the 2-dimensional surface pattern into a 3-dimensional object, using contemporary digital technology. Images of the Imari pattern were simplified to line drawings in Photoshop, and then imported into the CAD software that I use to create these pieces. The line drawing was then reproduced and joined together to make a repeating pattern. This was then ‘projected’ onto the surface of the tureen form that I had previously created. The drawings were then extruded through the surface of the tureen and used to cut through the solid surface, leaving a pierced form. Once the piece was scaled and carefully inspected it could finally be 3D printed and given a decorative surface treatment.'
- Michael Eden, 2016