Arata Fuchi creates hand-fabricated jewelry-as-sculpture. His work is diverse, including granulated textured silver and gold jewels, geometric silver forms that frame intricately meshed pure gold networks, and fantastical organic forms, often appearing outsize or overgrown. The works are intimate in their detail, with miniscule granules of pure gold set in silver, or tiny granules embedded in large forms, all of which Fuchi fabricates by hand, working with microscopic level magnification. The unique texture of many of his jewels is the result of silver pulverization, in which Fuchi covers the surfaces with silver powder, creating a softened, textured surface that invites one’s touch.
He writes briefly about his work:
“Artificial shape doesn’t exist in an organic life, mysterious power operates, and beautiful shape comes. And, it’s full of vital energies. I think that I can give the life to jewelry that uses only an inorganic material by receiving the inspiration from an organic life.
Beauty of form that Nature not Artifice creates.
Intended shape is made when the regular and the irregular unite.
It is in the making of one beautiful shape for a small point to accumulate, to connect to become a line, to become a facet, and to show various aspects.”
Arata Fuchi was born in Japan, graduating from the industrial design department of Tokyo Zokei University. He entered the professional design work with a watch and jewelry manufacturer for four years, before entering intensive study as a goldsmith at the “Le Arti Orafe” school in Florence, Italy, where he earned professional qualification as a goldsmith with diploma. He has been creating his own jewelry since 2006 in both Japan and Italy.