TOUCH FIRE Artists Biographies

Wahei Aoyama

 
Futamura Yoshimi 二村好美
Born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, 1957.  Lives and works in Paris

Futamura Yoshimi's work both challenges and affirms the meaning of the term "Japanese ceramics." She is the only artist featured in this exhibition who works not in Japan but in Paris, where she has lived since 1986. Futamura says of her ceramic sculptures "(My works) try to express 'movement,' and I seek to further express the power that lies within clay." Futamura's rugged stoneware works resemble forms in nature and at the same time suggest a kind of figurative sexuality. Unlike many of the other ceramic artists featured in this exhibition, Futamura emphasizes natural kiln effects as a decorative element in her works.


Jumeaux (Twins), 2005.
Shigaraki clay with porcelain, natural ash glaze
Private collection
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Decorative Vessel, 2006
Stoneware, glaze, silver luster
Private collection
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Untitled (White and Blue Vase with White Coral Flowers), 2007
Untitled (Blue Vase with Yellow Flowers), 2006
Untitled (Black and Blue Vase with Red Flowers) , 2006
Stoneware, dyes
Gifts of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe
Vessels for Flowers, 2007
Stoneware, black glaze
Gift of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Noh Form, 2004
Stoneware, colored clay chamottes, clay slip, glaze
Private collection
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Great Wave, 1993
Stoneware, white slip
Private collection
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Fissure, 1980s
Stoneware, glaze
Gift of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston


Shell Vessel, 2006
Shell Vessel, 1999
Shell Vessel, 2006
Stoneware, clay slip
Private collection
Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe


La Prière (The Prayer), 2006
Clay with porcelain, enamels
Gift of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe


Australia Postpak Box, 1986
Stoneware, silk-screen prints
Private collection
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Love Lotus, 2006-2007
Installation with eleven elements
Stoneware, Hagi glaze, platinum luster
Private collection
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston.

Black-Glazed Bowl, 2005
Stoneware, silver luster
Private collection
Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe

Shape of the Stars (Platinum Yūri-kinsai Vessel), 1982
Porcelain, platinum leaf, glaze
Gift of Tom M. Aoyama, owner of Yufuku Gallery Tokyo
Photograph by Robert Lorenzson, New York

SO-4, 2006
Orb-Hole, 2006
Porcelain
Gifts of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston.

Still Life, 2006
Porcelain, glaze
Gift of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Pink O, 2003
Stoneware, clay slip, pigments
Private collection
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Chattering Girls in Spring, 2006
Stoneware, clay slip, enamels
Gifts of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Robert Lorenzson, New York

Cornucopia 05-XIII, 2005
Stoneware, pigments, pâte de verre glass
Gifts of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston

Metamorphosis 2, 2006
Clay with porcelain, enamels
Private collection
Photograph by Robert Lorenzson, New York

Women of Kyoto, 2006
Stoneware, clay slip, enamels
Gift of a member of the class of 1965
Photograph by Keitaro Yoshioka, Boston.

Cherry Blossoms in the Night; Scattered Cherry Blossoms Beneath the Moon, 2007
Porcelain, enamels
Private collection
Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe