We interviewed Kasumi Fujimura, an artist who makes pottery in Gifu Prefecture, at her studio.
Ms Fujimura is from Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. When I was studying design at the art department of a university in Onomichi, I saw a cup made by a certain artist and thought, "There is also a way of life like this...", and that was what inspired me to become a ceramic artist. that's right.
“ I also thought it would be good to make things that we use in our daily lives,” said Ms. Fujimura.
Talk quietly and slowly, and answer each question by thinking about each word. It's not like I can answer smoothly, but the stories I hear always have a story that moves the hearts of those who listen to them. Ms Fujimura's fresh sensibility is reflected in the pottery, which has a warm and gentle texture and beauty.
In 2012, he graduated from the ceramic design research institute in Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture, where he studied after graduating from university. He is still making pottery in Tajimi City. The workshop we visited was an old Japanese house in the middle of Tajimi City, and the space with gentle light was in perfect harmony with the vessels that Ms. Fujimura creates.
We cherish the Japanese-Western eclectic atmosphere with motifs such as flowers and sweets. All of my works are made with my own hands on the potter's wheel, without the use of molds, so as to draw dignified curves.
Fujimura's masterpiece canelé tea set. When she was making various pottery on the potter's wheel, he thought that if he bent the edge, it would look like a canelé.
All the works are fascinated by the graceful form and the pure and elegant white porcelain. It is made with the wish that it will stand calmly by the side of the user and be loved for a long time.
The soil uses Mizunami porcelain soil located in the southeastern part of Gifu Prefecture. The glaze with a white matte texture prevents dirt from penetrating into the interior, making it easy to keep clean. Although it is porcelain, it is a delicate handmade item, so please avoid using a microwave oven or dishwasher. No need to close your eyes.
“For the things I want to make from now on, I would like to resume making pottery using natural ash and reduction firing in a gas kiln, which I was doing about 5 to 10 years ago . I want to make a movie,” said Ms. Fujimura.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you do in the future! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to take this time.
Click here for Kasumi Fujimura's work