"The act of kneading clay and creating shapes connects me to the thoughts and memories deep in my heart."
Fujino Sachiko (b. 1950) began her career as a fashion designer and textile dyer in Kyoto. She was first introduced to the ceramic world in the 1980s, which resulted in her becoming the pupil of pioneering female ceramic artist Tsuboi Asuka (b. 1932), herself a pupil of the celebrated Tomimoto Kenkichi. Drawing on her textile background, Fujino skillfully folds and tucks clay as if she were manipulating cloth. She then gently textures the surface with matte slip applied through an airbrush.
Fujino’s work has been highly awarded both nationally and internationally. She was one of the featured artists in the landmark exhibition, "Soaring Voices: Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists," and has been exhibited at major museums across the US. Museums such as the Faenza International Ceramic Museum, Italy; Kyoto City Cultural Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida; and Yale University Art Gallery, to name a few, hold her artwork in their permanent collections.