Shohei Fujita

“Pots on the Wall”

生物無生物茶碗 Living Things-Lifeless Things Tea Bowl 2016 ceramic h.8.3 × φ9.2 cm ©︎Shohei Fujita

A smooth touch like that of frosted glass and glossy colors are particular to Shohei Fujita’s work, and result from his original technique of layering glazes and then filing away at them for a long time. Sometimes he does not even know which colors will appear until filing the work after the process of glazing and firing. Fujita arrived at this technique after many years of experiments in layering glazes and combinations of colors. The series of small flower vases and pots is called Sekka (stone fruits), with inspirations from the smooth touch of plumply rounded pieces of broken glass shaped by waves found on the beaches or riverbeds of the Setouchi area where the artist is based, embraces beautiful curves that invite us to wrap in our hands. Fujita remarks that what he thinks is beautiful is always connected with nature. The colors which inspire him in nature, especially around water such as seas, rivers, or lakes, seem to have emerged wondrously from the earth itself, letting us sense their organic warmth, and leading us to recollect the existence of not only the earth but the entire universe.

The “Pots” in the exhibition’s title refers to pottery itself. Usually, we tend to inadvertently consider the pottery we purchase or admire as either “functional” or “dysfunctional”. Fujita aims to blur this boundary between the aesthetic and the domestic, and explores work like following: “for example, we notice that food is served on a plate that was until now hung on the wall like a painting. Or, a flower vase can be seen as a sculpture in which flowers can be arranged sometimes.” His works may go on the table, the shelf, or on the wall, changing from “functional” to “visually pleasurable” and back again, or combining both at once, and thereby filling and coloring the spaces of daily life.