Osamu Inayoshi


When I was a child, I loved playing in nature as well as making
something by hand. So, I used to go to mountains to catch insects and
go fishing in a river. And I was absorbed in making plastic models.
Having had such a childhood, I worked as a businessman and lived a
quiet, uneventful life.

However, the  turning  point  came to me when I was  just 23 years
old. My grandfather  who  loved  me  passed  awayc  In  general, it  
is  common  to cremate the  deceased than bury them in Japan.
And we put the  remaining bones in a ceramic jar called
Kotsutsubo. After putting them, Kotsutsubo  is buried in a grave. In  
other words, Kotsutsubo  is an important place as  we spend our
last time.

However, a person who was an undertaker  was about  to put  
bones of my grandfather in the dull and mass-produced  ceramic  
jar. At  that  moment, I had a strong uncomfortable feeling; gIs it
the best place for him as  the  end of his days?h And then, I
wanted my parents to enter in Kotsutsubo which I make when they
pass away.

That gave me  the  resolve to change  my job to day laborer  and I
decided to go to Seto  city. Because  I  thought  Seto city which is
famous for  producing ceramic ware was the best place for me to
learn potter. So, I began to study at ceramic school in Seto right  
away. It  was  very  tough  time  for me. After graduation, I moved
to the Mino area and trained with a focus on Mino-yaki (Mino
ceramic ware). In Mino, I discovered  a  type of ancient pottery
called Atsumi- yaki that was  produced  in  the  region  of  my
hometown, Mikawa. Unlike Mino-yaki whose production started in
15th century, the production of  Atsumi-yaki  started  in  12th  
century.  And  Atsumi-yaki  was  used  as a roofing tile of Todai-ji
Temple. I was soon attracted to Atsumi-yaki. So, Ifve been
exploring the essence of pottery and Atsumi-yaki.

The  themes  of  my  works  are  gFusion  of  the  Middle  Ages  
and  Modern timesh and gHarmonize   with   natureh. g Fusion  of  
the  Middle  Ages  and Modern timesh means an innovative
approach using not only solemnity and excellent technology of
Middle Ages, but also a technology that utilizes both modern beauty
and modern usability. And gHarmonize with natureh means that  
respecting  for  nature,  making  my  works  using materials which
have low  impacts  on  the  environment  and value the handicraft
industry. And, I want  to  represent  the  warmth  and  the  
harshness of nature. Moreover, I want    everyone    to   realize    
the   interest   of   manufacturing   and   the wonderfulness of

The  reason  for  my  idea  is  that  in  Japan  there seems to be a
tendency of ignoring   Japanese@traditional   culture   and  
technology.   Although   the abandonment   of   old  ideas  and  
methods   contributed  to  the   postwar economic  recovery  in  
Japan,  it  is still remains that only something new is good  in  the  
mind  of  many  young  Japanese.  Especially  young  Japanese
people have a prejudice against Japanese traditional things as they
are old-fashioned. And the  less  chance of experiencing the
traditional ones makes this worse. Although  it  is  difficult  to
break this situation by myself, I want everyone to give a chance to
contact our original culture. So, I should study the goodness of the
past and I am responsible for making the pottery which suits
modern life. And I want everyone to use my works every day.

I  feel  rejoiced  that  I  can  communicate with people throughout
the world. And  I  want  to  refine  the  quality  of  my  works,  my  
skills,  and grow as a person.

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