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 tradition.
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.