Here another igneous form by Fujioka Shuhei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Igyo Tsubo (Iga disparately Shaped Tsubo). Like the previous Shigaraki work, this shows a state of nature, not a state of intent, as if the piece came to be. It is this sense of raw elementalism which puts Japanese pottery apart, and gives it its unique place of reverence in world ceramics. Fujioka himself states The spirit of Old Iga, its body born in these lands and the soul of which transcends time, gives life to that which I shape.
Size, H 30.1 cm (11.5 inches)
Fujioka Shuhei was born in Ehime, on the Island of Shikoku in 1947. He went to Kyoto where he studied at Ritsumeikan University, graduating in 1970. After a stint at the Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Research Facility, he took up an apprenticeship with Tanimoto Mitsuo before establishing his own kiln in 1975, specializing in Iga ware. In line with his kiln in the mountains of Mie, he does not fight for place in the National Competitions, but relies on the intimate world of private galleries to display his work That said his work selected from many collections, has been displayed in museums throughout the golobe and is held in many public and private collections, including the new Orleans Museum of Art.