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CHIECO is established by CHIE FUJII, a Japanese artist/ceramics maker currently based in Los Angeles, majored and mastered sculpture and fine art at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Fujii has an extensive background in clay art, using traditional/ancient hand-build techniques that explores the passage of time from antiquity to the present. While working as a ceramic artist, Fujii also worked as a studio specialist in the clay department of automotive design studios such as Tesla Design Studio and Honda R&D until 2020. 

 

Fujii tries to embody the balance between of ancient and contemporary. Fujii’s work process, she consciously chooses what she controls. She dares to let go of that control by embracing the unpredictable, and skillfully incorporates chaos into her piece.  

“Modern Relic” is the most recent art series from Fujii. It honors the beauty of the past by adding superficial deterioration to contemporary pieces. Fired at a high temperature of around 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, the work continues to evolve during the cooling process;  which allows the surface to develop its distinct shape. Fujii tries to express the balance ancient between contemporary. 

 

Fujii also makes functional pieces, not just only artwork. She thinks people gravitate to things that are easy to use and feel good to the touch. It’s straightforward. Fujii describes about what functional pieces are for her is "If people use my functional pieces every day, that means it brings them comfort and happiness in some way.  In Japan, ceramics are a part of everyday life. And it is that commitment to usability that makes me happy."  

 

東京藝術大学美術学部彫刻科で彫刻を学部。同大学大学院にて修士課程を修了。

2011年に渡米、アメリカ・ロサンゼルスで作陶を開始する。テスラ、ホンダのデザインスタジオのクレイモデリング部署にてカーデザインに携わる傍らセラミックを素材に作品の制作を行っていたが2020年に独立。

CHIECO ceramicsとして実用の器を、Chie Fujiiとしてアートピースを発表する。作品は手捻りで制作され、実用品では遊びのあるドローイングを中心に、アートピースでは実用品のデザインをベースにしながら更に発展させた釉薬と色使いでオブジェクトを制作している。

All functional products are lead-free and food-safe. Hand washing is recommended.