Fujiwara Kikuyo Bizen bowl (father: Ken Fujiwara) Sublime Tea Cup Bowl

Product Size: Height 7.4cm / width 12.7cm / depth 12.4cm
State: intact 

200.00 €
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Bizen ware

Kikuyo Fujiwara

June 1963 Born in Idamura, Bizen City as the second daughter of Ken Fujiwara (prefecture intangible cultural property) Ceramic artist Kiyoaki Tsuji. After graduating at university, she trained under  his husband . In the beginning of 1990 she was selected as a female ceramic art and she had his solo exhibition in 1993 at Tenmaya Okayama prefecture in December of the same year. Her idea always been to create "a container to be used in modern life". His father has been Ken Fujiwara: an author of Intangible Cultural Properties designated by Okayama Prefecture. Mr. Kikuyo, who was born as the second daughter of Mr. Ken Fujiwara, however, as Ken died young she did not received the father's teaching. During that time Kykuyo as a young teenager started to work at a Japanese restaurant as a part-time job meanwhile an university student.

She begun to evaluate Bizen and his wonder by the eyes of others, and at this point her life changed little by little walking along the path of Bizen after her graduation.

She says once: i started this as a call "making the right thing" and i found myself at some point like "Making things that like to me".

But the turning point cames from unexpected bad thing and few years later, when she was given a cancer screening,her life and work have changed. Until then, her father's work was only a reference book. she have always thought that she should do the right thing. From that point she started to really want to work to convey only her pleasure.

Now the the goal is to have her own Bizen, which reflects his sensibility in his technique.

Kikuyo Fujiwara
Kikuyo Fujiwara

"I liked Bizen-yaki and didn't want to endure the fire of my late father's fire"

「私は備前焼が好きで、故父の火の火に耐えたくありませんでした」 -

The dishes and vases are baked using a part of a 25 meter long agate-style vat. Made mainly of marble, there are many bright rattan works. Recently, she try to take on the blue with the traditional baking. 

" I keep in mind a work with a strong presence, and cherish my own beauty and warmth."


Bizen ware is put in the kiln unglazed, but due to the effects of the 8 to 20-day pine wood firing, reaching temperatures of approximately 1250℃ (2282 F°), becomes naturally glazed with pine ash or acquires various sudued colors. At its best, the form is forceful and has some feeling of mass without being stiff or unnatural. There is a feeling of spontaneity and the product is not at all showy. Bizen ware is simple and unassuming in form but has a noble quality. The clay is very beautiful just as dug from the rice paddy and the best pieces are made and fired so as to accentuate the beauty of that clay.

The quiet atmosphere and subdued colors perfectly compliment brightly colored flowers and food enticing the user to create a harmonious arrangement. Water preserving qualities allow flowers to last longer in Bizen vases; beer attains a wonderfully full head in Bizen cups.

The color and texture of Bizen ware improve when handled. When used daily, the user can take pleasure in its increasing beauty. In this way even a small and simple article will, with time, become a treasured object.