The beautiful Pink Prunus Covered Box is a rectangular shape with soft edges, based on a smooth pebble and embellished with clusters of hand-applied white bas relief Prunus leaves which overlap one another to form an elegant trail over the box. The Prunus, or cherry tree leaf, is evocative of Japanese gardens and their distinctive pink cherry blossom and Hitomi title for the piece, hunkomeans Spring sunlight or scenery of Spring. She sees the pointed white leaves as though they are shards of sunlight glancing across this pebble inspired piece. The level of detail in each leaf cluster is exquisite, as though they have just been trimmed from the tree and this realism is one of Hitomi key skills as a ceramic artist. The skilled artisans at Barlaston use ancient skills and their years of training to meticulously create the items in this collection. Each individual Shunko piece is cast to create the shape ready for ornamenting. Three different sizes of chrysanthemum are crafted, with coloured clay added to each ornament by the skilled figure makers, creating a burst of colour at the centre of each flower that is unique every time. Fourteen individual ornament applications are intricately applied by the skilled ornamentors. Offered as a limited edition of only 5 pieces, each Shunko box takes just under 4 hours to produce and is truly inspirational piece of art. The essence of the collection for Hitomi is in natural beauty, presenting leaves and flowers as we see them in the natural world, climbing, gathering, layering and changing color in graduation. She creates a new harmony between the body of the piece and its ornamentation, bringing new organic and natural movement to Wedgwood enduring and iconic ornamental wares. Every piece in the collection is hand-crafted at Barlaston as a highly limited-edition collectable item and artefact with an impress bearing Hitomi Japanese signature, the Wedgwood stamp and limited-edition number."
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