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yoshiware / current work

All the work are wheel-thown and hand-carved porcelain with celadon glazes fired in gas reduction atmosphere up to 2350F.
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Design and function of the work are influenced by my heritage. Porcelain and translucent glazes, such as celadon, historically sustain the value and also suggest the fascination toward elegance and beauty. In the forms of function, I always reference what I saw on the table as I grow up, the seasonal dishes served, and even the relationships with viewer/user. Through the search of my personal identity in the process of making objects, I project myself in the surface designs and patterns extending my inspirations from traditional wood-cut prints and textiles to wrapping papers, advertisement and even tattoos. I am interested in the eclectic inclusions of east/west and organic elements onto utilitarian objects by capturing the seasonal nature beings through carved surface decoration, and also showing the appreciation of production practice with thoughtful designs and keen craftsmanship. In Japan, especially among the high-class society in the old time, it is a luxury to alternate dinnerware according to the season, and it is my humble desire to share the beauty of this culture hoping that my work can represent a season or even one special occasion of life.

  • serving platter - cherry blossoms

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • Teabowl - Cherry Blossoms

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • teapot - for mr. roger

    Tribute to late Roger Brinegar, a potter from Mississippi. Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered and assembled, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • collection of tableware

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • cup and saucer set

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • sake set and tray

    Purchased by Eirich-Sherman International Collection. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • goblet trio

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • bourbon cups

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • pedestal bowl

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • oval vase

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction

work from taiwan

A series of work produced during the 10-week residency at Tainan National University for the Arts in Taiwan ROC in fall 2010. The works were displayed at TNNUA with the title, "Made in Taiwan by Japanese from U.S.A." at the end of the residency as well as "East Meets West Meets East" at Baltimore Clayworks Gallery in March, 2011.
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Great conversations are started while serving and sharing various beverages; from morning coffee and afternoon tea to beer, wine, or bourbon in the evening. Inspired by reconnections with my old friends in Japan and the new friendship that I made with the people in Taiwan over serving and sharing various beverages, I spent my residency creating drinking vessels. I focused on surface embelishment and used traditional Japanese and Taiwanese design patterns of textiles and papers that I collected during the trip. As if wrapping a gift or wearing clothing, the ornamentation and celebration of the containment is meaningful for me. A viewer of my work becomes an active user through holding the vessel, feeling its surface, and nourishing their body with its contents. The time that I spend carving and finishing each piece bridges the time that the user spends developing the connections with others.

  • teaset

    Published in "500 Teapot - Volume 2," Lark Books, 2013. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • goblets

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • beer stein for taiwan beer

    Beer stein holds exact serving of the whole beer bottle. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • cup & saucer

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • teabowl - tribute to taiwan

    From Taiwanese traditional fabric design. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, slip trailing, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • set of juice cups

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • tea set

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction
  • teabowls (pattern detail)

    Series of pattern studies from the images collected during the residency. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction

message - to whom I want

A collection of serving platters from 2008-2009 Lormina Salter Fellowship Solo Exhibition, "message: to whom I want," in June of 2009 at Baltimore Clayworks Gallery.

This show was a reflection on the "seductive elegance" show of prior year. I merged from the expression through the quality of forms to more direct communication using symbols through the composition on the surface. I created the images that imply "messages" of my inner emotion as well as current political and religious issues communicating with the selective audience.

seductive elegance

Artist statement from the M.F.A. thesis exhibition titled "seductive elegance" in May, 2008.
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The word "elegance" describes refinement, grace, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners, and also tasteful opulence in form or presentation. The beauty of the objects can be shared with the viewer through not only the formal quality but also through the cultural and social influences of the maker.

Searching for my identity and the expression of personal aesthetic has been my interest. The tactile nature of clay stimulates my creativity, and the focus on the continuous challenge of technical acquisition using potter's wheel emphasizes the importance of my practice of the object making process. Porcelain and translucent glazes, such as celadon, historically sustain the value, and also suggest sensual and seductive fascination toward beauty. By understanding the historical status of Craft, I see that keen craftsmanship has timeless value, and the demand for perfection is my life-long goal as a maker of objects.

I find a connection with the way the buds, sprouts, and roots of plant life unfold and transform themselves from their core with a release of energy, and they flourish and grow. I am also intrigued by how human bodies move and interact physically and emotionally creating sensual lines and forms. As growing up in rather suppressed cultural and social background, I was brought up to believe that personal emotions and sensitivity should not be expressed, and the uniqueness and individuality was discouraged in order to be a part of or even lost in "them;" a constructed group of society. Through my creative activities in this different cultural environment, I started to accept myself as I am and further explore my identity referencing the inspirations as if I am making the transformation as well as finding connections with individuals, society, and nature while suggesting the beauty, sensuality, and preciousness in life.

Through this series of work, I am able to convey more eclectic ideas of visual communication; the interests in the technical aspect of making, the tradition of pottery making as well as the focus on the formal qualities of lines and shapes. Shared understandings of aesthetic fundamentals and the concrete idea of elegance can bridge the cultural and social differences beyond the personal tastes. The sole presentation of the objects and space reveals what there is to know about myself and communicate with the viewer. The fluidity and weightlessness of the forms portray the essence of my inner emotion finding a relationship with the one who I want.

It is my journey to continue to have a conversation with myself.

  • seductive elegance

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2008
  • seductive elegance

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2008
  • seductive elegance

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2008
  • seductive elegance (detail)

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2008
  • seductive elegance

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2008
  • you give me a reason to live

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2009
  • seductive elegance - cosmos

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2009
  • three graces

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, altered, and assembled, hand carved, fired in cone 10 gas reduction, 2009

hub

"hub" series shows my fascination with formal quality of objects and the contrasts between positive/negative, symmetry/asymmetry and movement/stillness. Within elegance and craftsmanship that I always value in my aesthetics, it is my journey to explore the validity of making "High Craft" in terms of Contemporary Art.

They are wheel-thrown and hand-carved porcelain, varnished, and assembled. 7" to 15" in diameter.

  • hub - 23 (backview)

    Collection of Southern Illinois University Carbondale International Gallery. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - 23

    Collection of Southern Illinois University Carbondale International Gallery. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - flora & fauna (backview)

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - flora & fauna

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - 24

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - 21

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - flora & hub - fauna

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - a.n.

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - 15 (backview)

    Published in "500 Ceramics Sculpture," Lark Books, 2009. Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation
  • hub - 15

    Porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved, assembled, fired in cone 10 gas reducation

collaborations

I am always curious of other media or artists and how my work evolves with their influences.

This is a series of collaborative works with Jim Dugan (2011 b-grant winner,) former resident artists at Baltimore Clayworks, during my solo exhibition in June of 2009. Jim threw large porcelain vases on a potter's wheel, and I carved on the surface. The pots were fired in a double-chamber noborigama at Baltimore Clayworks under the direction of Jim. In the same concept, Tim Sherman, former resident artist of Baltimore Clayworks, threw a vase, and I carved on the surface. The vase was fired in a wood-kiln at the Chris Cooley Studio, and the pieces was displayed in Tim's solo exhibition in June of 2011.

Also, a series of collaborative works with Yasuyo Sakamaki, a master of ikenobo/flower arrangement, during the exhibition at Baltimore Clayworks in June of 2009 are shown. The same vessels create totally different ambiances in the same room according to the presence of various flowers. Ms. Sakamaki's selection of flowers and the composition are simply amazing.

  • with maki

    Week 2. Vase by Yoshi Fujii and flower arrangement by Yasuyo Sakamaki.
  • with maki

    Week 1. Vase by Yoshi Fujii and flower arrangement by Yasuyo Sakamaki.
  • with maki

    Week 3. Vases by Yoshi Fujii and flower arrangement by Yasuyo Sakamaki.
  • with maki

    Week 2. Vases by Yoshi Fujii and flower arrangement by Yasuyo Sakamaki.
  • with maki

    Week 1. Vases by Yoshi Fujii and flower arrangement by Yasuyo Sakamaki.
  • with jim - goldfish

    Porcelain, wheel thrown by Jim Dugan, hand carved by Yoshi Fujii, fired to cone 11 in wood kiln at Baltimore Clayworks.
  • with jim - chrysathemum

    Porcelain, wheel thrown by Jim Dugan, hand carved by Yoshi Fujii, fired to cone 11 in wood kiln at Baltimore Clayworks.
  • with jim - peony

    Porcelain, wheel thrown by Jim Dugan, hand carved by Yoshi Fujii, fired to cone 11 in wood kiln at Baltimore Clayworks.
  • with tim (opposite view)

    Porcelain, wheel thrown by Tim Sherman, hand carved by Yoshi Fujii, fired to cone 11 in wood kiln at Chris Cooley Studio.
  • with tim - butterflies dancing

    Porcelain, wheel thrown by Tim Sherman, hand carved by Yoshi Fujii, fired to cone 11 in wood kiln at Chris Cooley Studio.

Publications

Articles published in 2015.

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Yoshitaka Fujii is a resident artist and instructor at Baltimore Clayworks. Yoshi, from Fukuoka, Japan, moved to U.S. in 1996 and received a B.A. in Foreign Language and a B.A. in Anthropology in 2000 from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, he received a B.F.A. in Sculpture with an... more

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