In collaboration with the potter Fukusengama, the designer Aliki van der Krujis came to a process to ‘draw’ on porcelain with the rain. They investigated how to achieve a contemporary approach to traditional Arita-ware and create a modest patterning on the porcelain by using real rain together with several experimental stages of glazing. They found a productive and stable way to imprint and fix the desired rain patterns. The color used is typical ‘Fukusen’ blue and is used in three tones exposed to the rain in the morning (light blue), afternoon (middle blue) and evening (dark blue).The Japanese rain is imprinted on the icon plate from Fukusengama with a diameter of 31 cm and receives, just like the scarfs, the notation of the location, time and weather circumstances of exposure to the weather.
Now the plates are in production and distributed by Thomas Eyck.
In the lecture Aliki and Fukusen Gama will talk about the collaboration, how the project started and the current state of affairs one year after she left Arita.
Since graduating with a Master’s in Applied Art from the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), Aliki van der Kruijs has run a studio in The Hague, the Netherlands and principally focuses on self-initiated research projects, collaborations and commission-based work. Her inspiration originates from context and material research and operates at the intersection of art and design.
This porcelain collection follows up the textile collection Made by Rain and was developed during a three-month creative residency by Aliki in Arita.
Koji Shimomura is a third generation potter and now a vice director of Fukusen Gama in Arita, Japan. In 2017, he collaborated with Aliki van der Kruijs as a partner potter and developed the Made by Rain plates.