Acclaimed Sydney-based designer Milly Dent is launching two new ceramic collections inspired by her 3-month artist residency in Arita – the Japanese birthplace of porcelain. In intricate detail, Milly’s new collections explore the irresistible translucency and vitrified hardness of Japanese porcelain in both glassy gloss designs and also in brilliant unglazed white.
Handcrafted to reflect both Japanese and western-style dining, the Sora collection focuses on the simplicity of traditional Japanese design through 3 pieces – 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.
The Dango Gems range is based upon Milly’s 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 “Hanami Dango” rice treats served during the Hanami cherry blossom season. Each piece of the Dango Gems collection is limited edition and numbered for exclusivity.
The Sora and Dango Gems ranges represent a remarkable fusion of Milly’s unique modern design aesthetic and ancient techniques she learned at Kouraku Gama – a kiln with over 150 years’ history under the direction of a 5th generation porcelain expert.
Photographer – Luke Byrne