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…

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Yoshimi Futamara was born in Nagoya in 1959.

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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