Philadelphia artist Hiroe Hanazono creates ceramic dinnerware that considers the overall aesthetics of the meal especially as her work relates to and enhances food. Her minimalist approach — the simple forms, subtle surface treatment, and muted palette — set the tone for an experiential meal where design and functionality are equally important.
Hanazono creates plates, platters, bowls, and cups that stimulate the senses visually, tactually, and conceptually. As dinnerware, these objects are meant to be touched, held, and used everyday. They are an extension of ourselves as we partake in the daily dining ritual. Hanazono has referred to her vessels as pedestals for food. They are simple, elegant forms that in repetition create wonderful visual relationships between themselves, the elements that they contain, and the people who are enjoying the meal.
Hanazono’s impeccable craftsmanship underscores her desire to unify form and function. She uses the slip casting technique where porcelain slip, or liquid clay, is poured into a plaster mold to take shape and harden. It is a technique that best suits Hanazono’s interest in production dinnerware where multiple plates, platters, and cups complete the setting.