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.