Weekly Highlight: FUKUMOTO Fuku 福本双紅

Weekly Highlight: FUKUMOTO Fuku 福本双紅(1973- )

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Through her beautiful ceramic work, Fukumoto Fuku creates a conversation between her own ceramics and the ceramic tradition of her hometown of Kyoto. Generations upon generations of potters have contributed to the development of the traditional Kyôyaki style that is synonymous with Kyoto ceramics. This style is refined, elegant, and courtly, as befits the city that housed the Emperor of Japan and his court for over a thousand years.


Fukumoto was born into this tradition, but early on discovered the work of the radical Sodeisha group, who, in the 1950s, liberated ceramics from their utilitarian origins to create innovative but non-functional ceramic art-objects. She has situated herself and her work between these two poles, creating functional works in traditional forms that simultaneously embrace the processes and aesthetics of the avant-garde.

This unique work plays with the concept of the traditional bowl. Here, Fukumoto presents not one, but many bowls, stacked together to create a single work of art that is full of imagination. Her signature matte white surface creates a sensuous surface, which the teetering tower of bowls brings a sense of movement to the piece. During the firing of these stacked pieces, the work is affected by gravity and the unique properties of clay. These natural forces exert their will on the work in a kind of collaboration with that of the artist. Through the execution of her unique vision, Fukumoto adds her creative voice to the history of modern Japanese ceramics.

Fukumoto studied ceramics at the Kyoto City University of Arts, graduating with a Master's degree in 1999. Since then, she has won several awards for her work, including the Grand Prize at the Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition, 2001; the Most Promising Young Talent award at the Fine Art Division of the Gotoh Commemorative, 2003; the Kyoto City Newcomer Award, 2008; and the Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize, 2012. Her work resides in public and private collections around the world, including the Harn Museum of Art, Florida; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the National Museum of Art, Kyoto.

FUKUMOTO Fuku 福本双紅 (1973- )
"Frost of Moon" 月の霜
H18.6 x Dia17.2cm, H7.3" x Dia6.7"
Signed Fuku at the bottom