Each month, I fire up the kiln.
The work I place in the kiln will vary each time, with vessels and dishes numbering in the hundreds, and if large items such as jars or pots are inserted, then over a hundred.
Grinding away at the potter’s wheel, I give shape to my work, placing them into the kiln according to the pyroprocessing schedule, and firing it up. It is a simple process that repeats itself, over and over again. The greatest joys of this work are experienced when the pottery emerges, baked and finished, from the kiln. Pottery cannot be completed by oneself. In the end, I leave everything to the kiln. And that is precisely why it can result in something that can transcend even my imagination.
Sometimes, I think of this work as similar to harvesting fruit.
I am cultivating and harvesting pottery. I feel as if I am something like a farmer, simply and honestly, interacting, face-to-face, with pottery.
I do this, in the hopes of one day emerging closer, to achieving the kind of work I can truly believe in.

Toru Hatta


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