Ice Flower is the name that’s been given to the current exhibition of the ceramic art pieces made by the famous Fukumoto Fuku. Her art is, of course, being placed on display at the Gallery Mizen in Paris.

Each of her pieces genuinely does have some features that art observers would often associate with flowers. For instance, many of her ceramic designs feature bouquets that are sculpted in porcelain.

Delicate white floral piece by Fukumoto-sensei

Fukumoto prefers to work with the purity of white materials when she sculpts delicate yakimono pieces.

Superimposing different containers on top of one another makes these look the way that they do. Some critics feel that these designs add some element of flight to the whole appearance of it all.

Purity is a major concept as well. Blue glazes on top of pure white and vibrant greens help to drive home the idea that each of these designs is part of a natural organic layout. Some of her pieces look more like they were grown than sculpted.

Fukumoto-sensei is known for her delicate yakimono work indeed. Stylized and well-crafted flowers always seem to be escaping out of the bottoms of her works, as though they were trying to leave the Arctic or some other snowy place and reach warmer weather.

She’s a major player when it comes to the second generation of Japanese female yakimono artists that have changed the game when it comes to working in clay. Fukumoto Fuku draws all of her inspirations from the heavens and astronomical objects, even if those shiny glazes usually give tones that seem more floral in turn.

Floral bowl by Fukumoto Fuku

Even a simple piece from Fukumoto Fuku shows a floral elegance.

Both of her parents were successful textile artists, so she did her best to distinguish herself from her parents by working in an entirely different medium. She started to work with clay during her undergraduate studies. Eventually, though, she really studied much more hard under Akiyama Yō, who is a celebrated ceramic sculptor that heavily influenced her.

Originally born in Kyoto in 1973, Fukumoto-sensei was granted a BFA from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1997. Two years later she received a full Masters from that same school. Her academic credentials have helped when it comes to establishing herself.

While many of her works are held in Japanese and American museums, her pieces will be on display at the Mizen Gallery and feature a major cocktail event on November 19 5 pm -8 pm for those who might want to learn a little more about her work and see what makes her art tick.