Miyako Fujiwara

Charleston, SC

Exquisitely rendered traditional Japanese tea pots, tea bowls, cups and ornamental objects. Wheel thrown porcelain and stoneware clays, beautifully glazed and sometimes accented with incised and painted decorative accents such as cherry blossoms. Miyako’s pieces are fired in a gas reduction kiln and are fully functional and food safe.

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Miyako Fujiwara was interested in ceramics throughout her youth but did not start her relationship with clay until studying Japanese Tea Ceremony after college. Later she moved to the U.S. and became involved in the ceramics program at Harvard while in school there. Benefiting from the extensive program, she gained experience in all varieties of firing: soda, wood, raku, and saggar.

What she enjoys most about clay is the meditative quality coupled with physical action of throwing and the unpredictable aspect of glazing in high-fire. Still inspired by tea ceremony, Miyako states, ìI just love that atmosphere of quiet, peaceful, serene, slow but beautiful and efficient movement, harmony with nature, sound of the water.î

Miyako is also a member of Cone 10, a working studio on Upper Meeting Street in Charleston.