Heart Teapot: Hiroshima III (Yixing Series)
Stoneware; teapot, ht. 7, wd. 11, dp. 5.5 in.
Artist signed and dated on base of both pieces.
Within Notkin's oeuvre and among the most important works made in ceramics in the 20th century were his "heart" teapots, each with a special quality within his Yixing series of works. This piece, "Hiroshima III" is one of his final works dealing with the bombing of Hiroshima and the charred remains of those that were in the attack. This piece, and it's most distinctive element, is the blood red "shadow", a reference to the "shadows" that were often left of people who were in the bombing but their remains could not be found, only a "shadow" of their existence. This is one of the most important examples of late 20th century ceramic art.
Undertray, wd. 14, dp. 6 inches