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Summer,about which we were greatly excited about at the Olympic Games,is almost over,I see signs of autumn. Regarding Japanese food,which places importance on the four seasons,the look of the tableware is turning autumn-like―from bright to calm colours.

This is one of Shigeo Fujisawa's works. Mr.Fujisawa lives in Kaga,Ishikawa Prefecture. He is an all-around artist, creating both pottery and porcelain products. But currently,he focuses on porcelain. He is in charge of the forming, while his co-worker, his wife is in charge of the painting. His works, which consider the end user, are very popular among Japanese restaurants and among people engaged in cooking.

In Japan,porcelain does not yet have a long history, compared to pottery that has been around since ancient times. Until the beginning of the seventeenth century, the Japanese could not produce porcelain products, which could be imported from China.
However, Lee Sanpei, who came from the Korean Peninsula,changed the history of Japanese porcelain. The production of porcelain in Japan started when he discovered kaolin,an ingredient for making porcelain, at Izumiyama of the Arita region in 1616. Although it seems that many people have various opinions on this matter, it is certain that Lee Sanpei played an important role in the beginning of porcelain production in this country. Thus,in japan,porcelain has been produced from Japanese materials,from technique of Korean Peninsula,and from the examples of Chinese products. In a while,Japanese had risen to become the biggest porcelain-exporting country.

Koimari is the name for porcelain,made in the Arita region during the Edo Period. Moreover,things made during the early period are called 'Shoki-Imari',and they are indeed very popular. This work is modelled after a small Shoki-Imari dish and is really expressive of the characteristics of Shoki-Imari―simplicity,gentleness,and so on. Although Mr.Fujisawa often creates porcelain products modelled after creations from the older periods, he does not only reproduce their size or design. He makes use of inspirations from his own ideas that are suited to modern food culture. I always think that Mr.Fujisawa is one of the key persons who are at the forefront of modern porcelain-making,and just like Lee Sanpei, he found a new direction for porcelain in this country.

Shigeo Fujisawa
Size D9−H2.4     Price 2,625Yen

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