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 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.

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