With the proliferation of handmade pottery these days, it is rare to come across ceramics like Chie Fujii's: opinionated and entirely unique yet friendly and approachable. Originally from Tokyo, the Los Angeles-based ceramicist crafts functional, creative teaware that has been shown in exhibitions spanning Japan, New York, and San Francisco.
Drawing inspiration from her background in fine art and historical Japanese sculpture, Chie seeks to elevate the principles of wabi sabi in a modern, attractive, and lighthearted way. While many classically trained artists aim to perfect their use of technique and skill, Chie strives to create useful objects that capture the humanity of art, oftentimes "destroying" the fundamentals of her fine art background to do so. Her pieces find a heartfelt balance between the beauty of symmetry with the warmth of handmade objects.