Shin Fujihira

Shin Fujihira: Ethereal Clay

June 13, 2019 - July 21, 2019
Opening Reception : Thursday, June 13, 6-8 pm
Shin Fujihira

Summer Gallery Hours:

June 25 ~ July 3: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm
July4 ~ 7: Independence weekend holiday
July15 ~ Monday - Friday 11am-6pm, Saturdays by appointment


NEW YORK, NY – As a legend in the field of ceramic art, Shin Fujihira’s impact on Japanese ceramics was profound. His whimsical works lived in an imaginative world of their own and, since his death in 2012, only a very small number of exhibitions have showcased them. Therefore, it is Ippodo Gallery’s immense honor to present “Shin Fujihira: Ethereal Clay,” a solo exhibition of over 50 pieces by Shin Fujihira, ranging from the early 1980s to the late 2000s, on view June 13 until July 21 in New York. For this special occasion, we have essays in the show’s catalogue by Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art, and Elizabeth Essner, an independent curator, writer and researcher specializing in modern and contemporary design and craft.

Fujihira’s legacy was shaped early on by a few key, formative circumstances. His family owned a studio in the well-known ceramic area of Kyoto, Gojozaka, where ceramicists often shared kilns. In fact, Fujihira’s family rented space in the kiln of mingei master Kanjiro Kawai (1890 – 1966) who gave Fujihira his name “Shin.” Growing up, Fujihira and his brother frequently visited Kawai at his home to watch him work. When the time came, Fujihira began studying art at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, but his studies were postponed when he became ill and was hospitalized for four years. It was during this time that Fujihira began sketching the world around him, honing his distinctive eye for the figures he would later incorporate into his ceramic works.

After regaining his health, Fujihira left the hospital with a newfound appreciation for the preciousness of life. His work became a celebration of life itself, filling it with the energy of light, happiness and heavenly spirit. Rather than throwing pieces on a wheel like many of his peers, Fujihira created both ornamental and functional pottery by pinching. This technique gave Fujihara the flexibility to explore the fanciful abstractions of his imagination and translate them into clay.

This upcoming exhibition of Shin Fujihira’s works is a testament to the success of this technique in portraying his vision—a woman throws her arms open to the heavens, balancing upon stairs leading nowhere in particular; a pair of squat owls rests atop an incense burner; a water dropper arcs, caves, distends. The fantasy is only heightened by Fujihira’s masterful use of dream-like, pale celadon and cinnabar glazes. It is easy to get lost in the etheral pinks, blues and greens that deliciously coat each piece. More than just ceramics, Shin Fujihira created pure magic, which continues to spark a sense of wonder in all who get a glimpse into his world.

Owl Incense Burner
C19496
Shin Fujihira
Flower Decorated Box
C19497
Shin Fujihira
Fabric Texture Vase
C19498
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Pot with Flower
C19499
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Water Dropper
C19501
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Water Dropper
C19503
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Water Dropper
C19504
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Water Dropper
C19505
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Incense Container
C19506
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Small Box
C19508
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Small Box
C19509
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19510
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19511
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19512
Shin Fujihira
Cobalt Oxide Tea Bowl
C19513
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19514
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19516
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19517
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19518
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19519
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19520
Shin Fujihira
Water Dropper
C19522
Shin Fujihira
Incense Container
C19524
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Box
C19525
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Decorated Box
C19526
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Incense Burner
C19528
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Vase
C19536
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Pot
C19537
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C2372
Shin Fujihira
Horse Riding
C19500
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Water Dropper
C19502
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Incense Container
C19507
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19515
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Tea Bowl
C19521
Shin Fujihira
Cobalt Oxide Water Dropper
C19523
Shin Fujihira
Ash Glaze Incense Burner
C19530
Shin Fujihira
Silver Handled Box
C19540
Shin Fujihira
Tiger
C19549
Shin Fujihira
Incence Burner
C2352P
Shin Fujihira
Snowy Morning
B2362P
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Chawan
C19495
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Incense Burner
C19527
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Incense Burner
C19531
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Cup
C19532
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Cup
C19533
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Cup
C19534
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Vase
C19535
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Pot
C19538
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Pot
C19539
Shin Fujihira
Cobalt Oxide Incense Burner
C19541
Shin Fujihira
Cobalt Oxide Incense Burner
C19542
Shin Fujihira
Butterfly
C19543
Shin Fujihira
Ceramic Mask
C19544
Shin Fujihira
Box with Fish Motif
C19545
Shin Fujihira
Flying Creature
C19546
Shin Fujihira
Spain
C19547
Shin Fujihira
Liberate
C19548
Shin Fujihira
Compass
C19550
Shin Fujihira
Cinnabar Water Dropper
C2359P
Shin Fujihira