It’s been a little while since we’ve released a feature on a maker. The logistics of sending photographers out to different locations has become a bit more complex, and some have been harder to capture than others due to their remote locations. But a potter who I’ve been hoping to document for a while is Katsufumi Baba, who resides in Kurume, a city in Fukuoka Prefecture.
I’m sure you’ve seen his work featured here on the blog before, so it’s nice to finally put a face to name and showcase some imagery from inside his studio, as well as his cute cat named Dandelion who also features quite prominently. As you’ll see from this series, taken by talented photographer Hiromi Isikawa, that although Katsufumi’s work is often cited as rustic, the precision and time taken on each piece is considerable. You’ll also notice some unique shapes that are almost wavy in form and follow the hands of the maker as the clay spins on the wheel.
Anyway, I won’t spoil it too much as I think this is one of our best yet. So here’s our new feature on Japanese potter Katsufumi Baba, we really hope you like it.