Susie Ibarra, Mako Fujimura collaboration

I watched this video with rapt attention. I was, honestly, skeptical it would be all that interesting at first, but it ended all too soon. Ibarra’s drumming reminds me a little of taiko here, and watching Fujimura paint in the tradition of nihonga was mesmerizing.


As I watched I also realized that such an event would be much less interesting with a ceramic artist next to Ibarra. The clay process is much different than painting, and even if a person were to finish the form of a pot or a sculpture the work isn’t past it’s teen years. More shaping and finishing will come as the clay turns leatherhard, firing, glazing, firing again . . .


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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