It is a gorgeous swallow that shines golden.
The shaving marks after locro molding with porcelain clay change their expression depending on the light condition, and you will never get tired of it.
The mouth part is shaped into a natural curve, and it is very palatable, so please spend a wonderful time with your favorite sake.
I can only buy the works of Koichi Fujioka at BECOS.
|Country of origin||Hyogo Prefecture, Japan|
|Technique||Pottery and Porcelain|
|Size||Φ2.17" * H2.36"(Φ7.0*H6.0cm)|
|Electronic Equipment||Microwave oven : X Dishwashing machine : X Direct fire : X IH : X Oven : X,|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
a lone ceramist
- Koichi Fujioka
Ceramics is my true calling
In 1976, I was born in Himeji city, Hyogo prefecture.Before becoming a ceramist, I was employed by a company that conducts electrical maintenance and interior construction, and I was in a position that has nothing to do with the world of ceramics and crafts.I was fascinated by the profundity of pottery in a pottery class in which I happened to participate.I decided to become a ceramic artist right away, and began making pottery from 2003.I took entrance examinations to the vocational training centers and the art schools nationwide, but without success.I decided then to continue making pottery by myself, while making a living by part-time job.
In 2005 I set up my own atelier when I took over the kiln which was used in the pottery class I visited.
A long way to success
Since setting up my own atelier, I won prizes in various competitions.However, only making pottery was not enough to live.
I continued to do other part-time jobs while making pottery on my own.Even in this hard time, the passion for the pottery in my heart never faded.Finally in October 2014, after 10 years of persuing pottery as my sole profession, the "Sunset glow series" were completed.Soon after that, in January 2015, I won the "Best Award" at the 23rd Tableware Festival and I become a ceramist who attracts public attention at once.The "Sunset glow series" shed completely different light from the works I had ever made.
At the moment I opened the door of the kiln, I felt that 10 years of effort was rewarded.
Meet people through my work
Since I didn't belong to any vocational training centers or art schools, I had no teachers whom I can ask for instraction.I continued to build my pottery skill on my own.I could keep going because making people happy with my pottery gives me joy in my life.I myself felt always happy when I make pottery.
Though I had to get my living through part time jobs, I never thought of giving up pottery or becoming a ceramist.It's a great pleasure to me, a self-taugt, lone ceramist, to encounter various people through my works.When my pottaries enhance the pleasure of the table, all of the work that I put into creating them has really paid off.
2008 Asahi Ceramics Exhibition
· Biamaag Lankai Winner, Tottori Grand Prix Excellence Award Winning the 2009 Kobe Biennale、2010 bowl Grand Prix Excellence Award、2011 Grand Prix Grand Prix winner prize, Japanese craft exhibition
· Kobe Biennale
· Contemporary tea pottery exhibition winner、2012 Biamaag Lankai selected、2013 Japan Craft Exhibition Encouragement Prize, Kobe Biennale
· Takaoka Craft Exhibition Winner、Celebration in 2014 Craft · International Ceramic Festival MINO
· Itami International Craft Exhibition
· Soba Inoguchi Art Competition Exhibition、2015 Tableware Festival Best Award Winner, 44th Long-a-Season Award Tokoname Ceramics Exhibition Nagaso Award, 23rd Japan Ceramics Exhibition
· 3rd Ceramic Exhibition
· 8th Contemporary Tea Ceramic Exhibition Winning、2018 Tableware Festival Jury Prize Award
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.