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FACULTY SHOW 2009: Recent Work by SRJC Faculty

November 5 - December 12, 2009

Dream Shell #1

Hiroshi Fuchigami, Dream Shell #1
glazed ceramic, 9" x 9" x 22" 2008

Artist Statement

Clay forms suggest the image of a shell, which holes that evoke a sense of a void. However, this space is not empty, but instead serves as a metaphor for the infinite kernel of wisdom that lies sleeping (and therefore is not readily visible) within all of us. Currently, many of us are living in a state of socially-induced numbness, deadened to our own potential by the crises around us. My sculptures encourage the viewer to “wake up” and truly see the promise of what rests deep within the primal mind.

Teaching Philosophy

It is important for students to develop both aesthetics and skills together in the ceramics class. Ceramics is the study to find their aesthetic truth in visual language, in which craftsmanship; self-expression and gift of firing are main factors. One of the unique factors in the process of making ceramics work is that all works need to be fired in the kiln. Final result of ceramics works counts on the gift of firing. Unlike the other art medium such as painting (in which one can decide when this painting is finished), in ceramics, regardless of one like or dislike, firing is the last step to complete the work. In the firing, there is a certain area of beyond our control even technology has been advanced. This makes ceramics art unique. Craftsmanship, self-expression and understanding of the gift of firing are the foundation for students to develop aesthetics judgment.


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