Acclaimed Sydney-based designer Milly Dent is launching two new ceramic collections inspired by her 3-month artist residency in Arita \u2013 the Japanese birthplace of porcelain. In intricate detail, Milly\u2019s new collections explore the irresistible translucency and vitrified hardness of Japanese porcelain in both glassy gloss designs and also in brilliant unglazed white.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHandcrafted to reflect both Japanese and western-style dining, the Sora collection focuses on the simplicity of traditional Japanese design through 3 pieces \u2013 The Kumo Cup, Ame Flute and Minamo Saucer. The feature piece of the Sora collection is the stemless Ame Flute which features a striking glassy-blue design and can be used as a champagne glass, a vase or sake cup. The flutes will be available in sets or 3 or 5 as an ode to Japanese superstitions surrounding the unlucky nature of the number 4.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Dango Gems range is based upon Milly\u2019s signature Geometrical Gem Cups and is crafted from beautiful Arita porcelain. Milly developed this range by sandblasting the exterior to create a soft, textured surface. The earthy tones were inspired by \u201cHanami Dango\u201d rice treats served during the Hanami cherry blossom season. Each piece of the Dango Gems collection is limited edition and numbered for exclusivity.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Sora and Dango Gems ranges represent a remarkable fusion of Milly\u2019s unique modern design aesthetic and ancient techniques she learned at Kouraku Gama \u2013 a kiln with over 150 years\u2019 history under the direction of a 5th generation porcelain expert.\r\nPhotographer - Luke Byrne\r\n\r\nCheck it out\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.