Japanese artist carves ceramic sculptures of enchanting exotic fruits

japanese artist Kaori Kurihara sculpts whimsical ceramic sculptures of lushly textured exotic fruits and vegetation, both real and imagined. Her exquisite pieces are heavily inspired by the plant world, particularly the forms and natural geometric repetition of forms in nature, which lend themselves to captivating patterns while allowing for endless diversity. His first muse? Durian – a thorny fruit, commonly found in parts of Southeast Asia, known for its pungent smell and distinct taste.

“I was amazed by its unique and beautiful shape,” Kurihara actions. “Thanks to this discovery, I started to create my series of ‘imaginary fruits’… I am inspired by nature and search between reality and fantasy. It’s my own imagination. »

Kurihara is also inspired by the shapes and textures of other exotic fruits and tropical vegetation. And with one foot firmly planted in nature and the other brushing the surface of dreams, Kurihara creates imaginative pieces that are both realistic and otherworldly. Each is hand-formed with painstaking detail before being adorned with vibrant hues that combine to create striking color landscapes.

“I want to represent something alive and feel the vitality of my pieces”, Kurihara said. “Every part of the piece needs to be touched and worked on, I never leave a part empty… If I feel a connection visually, that means I’ve succeeded.”

Despite the intricacy of detail in each of her ceramic sculptures, Kurihara admits that the most time-consuming step in the process is deciding which colored pigments to add to her unique creations. “The piece itself guides me to its own colors,” she said. Explain. When Kurihara’s vision comes to fruition, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by the luscious textures and nuanced tones that adorn the surface of his strange and enchanting fruits.

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Japanese artist Kaori Kurihara handcrafts beautiful ceramic sculptures that push the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

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Her lavishly textured designs are inspired by exotic fruits and other natural patterns found in nature.

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She combines elements – both real and fictional – to create her own “imaginary fruits”.

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Each piece is hand formed and embellished with meticulous detail.

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And when Kurihara’s vision comes to life, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by his enchanting ceramic creations.

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