Catching the spirit of the clay

How long have I been working with clay, and how many times have I fired my kiln? Many years, and I’m still fascinated by clay and fire, even with my electric kiln! 

When I look at clay, when I touch it, when sometimes I taste it, I try to feel, to sense the secret message of this marvellous material, to understand the power of clay! How can I translate it in my work? And most difficult of all, how can I ensure that this power lives on after my firing? Clay is not just any material, it is something living. 

I was born and I got my ceramic education in Japan. This background evidently influences my work. The beautiful transitions of the four seasons, the fruits they bring to the archipelago and sometimes the fear of natural disasters. Life is greatly related to nature in Japan, and we learn to respect it.  

Now, for over thirty years, I’ve been living in Paris. Here, when I find even a small leaf on the street of this big city, nature continues to give me inspiration for my work.

And I never forget to pray when I close the door of my kiln…

BOLS ECORCES

 

 


ANDENNE BIENNAL INTERNATIONAL

Bulbes – Belgium – 2004


GALERIE HÉLÈNE PORÉE

installation – 2005


KIOUKU – MEMORIES

2007


FRENCH CERAMIC MUSEUM

 Fuping /CHINA – 2007


BULBE

2011


MUSEE ARIANA / GENEVE

installation – 2011


GALERY SILBEREIS

Black Hole – 2013


2014


Vasque

2014


Black Hole

2015


CERAMIX / MUSEE DE SEVRES

Vasque – 2016


Black Hole

2016


Upcoming Exhibitions & Announcements

ARTCERAM

from 17 may to 3 june 2018

Sèvres / France

en savoir +


ABOUT CLAY

from 13 may to 2 september 2018

Fiskars village / Finland

en savoir +


N O M A

from 4 november 2017 to 13 may 2018

news orleans museum of art

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Yoshimi Futamara was born in Nagoya in 1957.

She studied ceramics at the School of Art of Ceramics in Japan in Seto from 1979 to 1981. She graduated from the Crafts Center Ceramic School Duperré in Paris in 1994.

Two years later, she opened her studio in Paris where she has lived and worked since 1986.

 

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