Fukumoto Fuko. Kyoto, Japan.
I see my work as a pursuit of the meanings of expressing something only by using clay. For me, this limitation to clay as a medium is important since I find this pursuit in the process of forming clay and its transformation in the kiln. My own personal expression arises from a concern with materials, technique, and process. Discovery through the process is important. Also, through improvisation my personal expression and the unexpected become part of the piece.
Improvisation is present in many stages of the process. For example, there is such an enlightening moment created when I throw on the wheel without any prejudice, only expecting a subtle confrontation or competition to occur. I don’t force my own idea on the clay. Instead the form arises through interplay of actions and reactions between the clay and myself. An accumulation of emotion is recorded in the clay through working directly with the form.
Discovery through Process
While working, I am keen to let my eyes find new discoveries, which turn the process itself into an adventure of ongoing experimentation. The image is born from within the process with every turn of the wheel, and I must always react and remain attentive to the clay’s shape and its changing condition. The form and image arise gradually, from one step of the process to another, and give birth to new creation.
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