Yuji Ueda


Yuji Ueda was born in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan in 1975, and currently lives and works in Kamiasamiya, Shigaraki, Shiga. Through his experimentation with firing techniques, Ueda has created a unique process in which he employs whole blocks of Choseki feldspar, or builds up irregular clay surfaces that can be fired in anagama (“cave kilns”). The resulting works incorporate cracks and chips that, in conventional pottery, could be dismissed as imperfections, but in Ueda’s works are a symbol of respect towards the beauty of natural clay.