Fujitsuka Shosei (Hokkaido, Japan 1949 - )



Fujitsuka's range is broad, from typical basket and vessel forms to abstract sculptures inspired by nature. Because his pieces defy neat categorization, he was for decades rejected for exhibitions in Japan. However he persisted in making the risky aesthetic choices that have won him the freedom to express his distinctive voice.

"People involved in the traditional craft group in Japan are working more on technique," he notes, "but design is more interesting to me."

After graduation from high school, Fujitsuka worked for a record producer and a company that serviced optical equipment. The rigid corporate environment didn't suit him; he longed for the opportunity to work for himself and the time to pursue astronomy, an avocation that continues to absorb him today.

In 1972, inspired by items in a bamboo shop window, he began an apprenticeship with Baba Shodo. For more than two decades he earned his living making bamboo lampshades until his work was rewarded with a Superior Prize at the Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition.

Fujitsuka has been honored with television appearances, prizes, and solo and group exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States. His work is in the collections of the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs and the Japan Foundation.

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