Stoneware // Yui Kajita
The photographs show stoneware pieces, coloured with a combination of glazes, copper oxide, manganese carbonate, and fragments of glass. These objects are made by hand, but they are also like found objects. As Kajita explores the material expressions of clay and the unexpected surfaces that arise from the fusion of vitreous glazes and powdered chemicals, she interweaves the lines and textures found in nature with artificial elements. These objects embody the chance encounters with things hidden among driftwood: forgotten objects that retain the traces of their individual histories, that are still functional but strange.
YUI KAJITA is a final year PhD student of English at Newnham College, Cambridge. She likes making things, whether it’s with drawing ink and dip pen, paint, clay, or natural objects.