Hiroe Hanazono, a native of Japan, received her BA in Spatial Art and Ceramics from California State University, Hayward California in 2003, and her MFA in Ceramics from the School of Art, Ohio University, Athens Ohio in 2008.
She has been invited to participate in numerous prestigious artist-in-residency programs, a few of which include the Archie Bray Foundation, The International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia where she awarded the 2008-2009 Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship. She produces highly designed functional tableware in her Philadelphia home studio. As well as her thriving practice, Hanazono teaches a variety of ceramics classes in New York City and in the Philadelphia region.
I create pots that serve not only as a vehicle for the presentation of food but that also transcends visual pleasure and stimulates the appetite. The work I make is a pedestal for food. My intention is to reinforce the act of eating as a vital component of everyday life, to enrich appreciation of the food and to enhance the ambiance of one’s space-one’s home environment.
The work consists of simple line forms with muted colors. Its minimal aesthetic does not compete with one’s domestic surroundings.