Yui Tsujimura b. 1975,
Nara prefecture, Japan
31.4 cm x 27.8 cm
Yui Tsujimura is making fresh new forms from ancient ones. Yui is original in that he has found a mode of creative expression by looking to the past — the 5th century AD, in at the Korean peninsula to be exact–
All of his creations are pure and spiritual, where the passing of time and the art of imperfection play an important role.
His work simultaneously universal and timeless, traditional and contemporary. Simplicity, purity, restraint, and humility: this is what Yui Tsujimura’s art is all about.
The simple form and color of Tsujimura’s stoneware vase is typical of the humble and austere quality of a Japanese tea ceramics. Here is a tube inspired by a bamboo vases used in tea gatherings, the mottled green-grey of the wood ash glaze is reminiscent of the hue of the mature plant. The beauty of asymmetry and imperfection, cracks and flaws are a product of nature and time beyond the will of the human being.
As a son of master potter Shiro Tsujimura and older brother of Kai Tsujimura, Yui was no doubt influenced by his family as it comes to his artistic practice, visual language, and overall approach to the ceramic arts. Unlike his father and brother, Yui Tsujimura branched off into his singular visual style, focusing primarily on beautifully thrown silhouettes and the use of a particular blue-green ash glaze.
Tsujimura work is exhibited regularly throughout Japan and can be found both in private collections as well as museums collections in Japan and outside. Solo exhibition in NY 2010, collected by Museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“ Tsujimura Yui used feldspar-rich clay from Shigaraki and Iga in this work. The artist takes inspiration from the techniques and aesthetics of the unglazed stoneware traditions of early medieval Sue ware. One of his trademarks is his elegant use of natural ash glaze. The green and blue streaks on this piece run horizontally because the vessel was fired on its side. Ash was blown on it to create an organic, almost abstract pattern “