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White Make Up Tile Plate / 白掛 tile plateWhite Make Up Tile Plate

White Make Up Tile Plate
Flat dishes are very useful but are very difficult to bake flat because the clay deforms when fired in an anagama kiln for a long time.

白掛 tile plate

White Make Up Hut Bowl / 白掛ハットボウルWhite Make Up Hut Bowl

White Make Up Hut Bowl
Its shape was created in collaboration with chef Mou Soejima. This is a newly-made bowl for serving soup that was discussed beforehand.


White Make Up Rimmed Plate / 白掛リム皿White Make Up Rimmed Plate

White Make Up Rimmed Plate
Would a Western-shaped glazed plate with a white, austere look fit in a modern Japanese person's diet? This question led to me creating this work.


White Make Up Round Teacup / 白掛丸湯呑White Make Up Round Teacup

White Make Up Round Teacup
When I think about the shape of a vessel or when I grind the kiln, I imagine a scenario where I will actually use it. I made this round, large-capacity teacup with the image of pouring plenty of hojicha for a meal.


White Make Up Round Teacup
Natural Glazed Tile Plate / 自然釉板皿Natural Glazed Tile Plate

Natural Glazed Tile Plate
The yakishime high-fired unglazed ceramic was placed in front of the anagama kiln's flames, where the fire is strongest. Aside from the high temperature, the yakishime was also exposed to plenty of ash from the fuelwood, combining it with the base's materials to form a "natural glaze." I find this to be an interesting way to directly project more random expressions.


Natural Glazed Jar / 自然釉大壺Natural Glazed Jar

Natural Glazed Jar
This vase was fired in a wood-fired kiln and re-fired in a smaller kiln using a special technique. I followed the beautiful blue color it produced for a time.


Natural Glazed Jar / 自然釉大壺
Natural Glazed Jar 自然釉大壺
Black Make Up Stone Plate / 黒掛石皿Black Make Up Stone Plate

Black Make Up Stone Plate
I tried changing my art to a stone plate fired in Seto during the Edo period.


Black Make Up Floral-shaped Bowl / 黒掛輪花鉢Black Make Up Floral-shaped Bowl

Black Make Up Floral-shaped Bowl
This is a kizeto design.
I like pottery in general, but I especially love Momoyama's Shino and kizeto. Kizeto is elegant pottery suiting kaiseki rather than miscellaneous dishes. I aimed to express a sharp and modern atmosphere like kizeto amid daily miscellaneous ware.


White Make Up Mug / 白掛マグカップWhite Make Up Mug

White Make Up Mug
I made this cup with a coffee drinking scenario in mind. 10 grams of beans is about an eighth of an ounce. I designed the handle to be easy to hold so that your fingers will not be burdened by the principle of leverage.


White Make Up Rice Bowl / 白掛飯碗White Make Up Rice Bowl

White Make Up Rice Bowl
This rice bowl was fired over a soft flame at the far end of the kiln. I find this kind of firing fitting of rice bowls, rather than the intense expressions appearing in front of the fire. Even so, I do not seek something quick and easy, but rather, a strong and reliable rice bowl firmly burned from the core.


White Make Up Rice Bowl
Natural Glazed Jar / 自然釉大壺Natural Glazed Jar

Natural Glazed Jar
The first kiln I independently owned was an electric kiln. I built an anagama kiln soon after. The director of the Maishima Pottery Museum was a sculptor and wood-fired kiln engineer. He taught me from the ground up everything I needed to design a wood-fired kiln. I admired Iga ware with its multiple layers of natural glazed, so I was aiming for such a view. However, through twists and turns, I came to want to make everyday vessels and went for fire-glazed objects in anagama kilns.


White Make Up Sake Bottle / 白掛徳利White Make Up Sake Bottle

White Make Up Sake Bottle
In all ages and cultures, sake cups come in different shapes. Mine comes from the Yi Dynasty. I was not aware of this at all, but when I visited Tapsimni in Korea, I realized that I had been unknowingly influenced by this pottery.


Natural Glazed Flower Vase / 自然釉掛花入Natural Glazed Flower Vase

Natural Glazed Flower Vase
The flower vase's metal fittings were made from wire used to bundle firewood. This "makeshift" setup seen in farmhouses from time to time is sometimes surprising. I felt that this rough look suited the hard image of this vase more than the metal fittings sold for hanging flowers.


Black Make Up Plate / 黒掛皿Black Make Up Plate

Black Make Up Plate
I have been using tenmoku or iron glaze, in which iron is added to the transparent glaze. I sought something different for this work, something with more depth and expression in the anagama kiln.
This work was inspired by the kurogourai, Korean pottery with a deep black color and fascinating, rich black expression.


White Make Up Soba Cup / 白掛蕎麦猪口White Make Up Soba Cup

White Make Up Soba Cup
This cup's shape is simple but profound. After making various shapes, I settled on this one. If I directly created it in the image of a soba cup, it wouldn't fit well. It must be made by instinct and a solid sense of earthenware.


Mishima Plate / 三島皿Mishima Plate

Mishima Plate
The "Summer, Mishima Two-person Exhibition" with Yuji Muraki at Utsuwa Shoken in 2015 was a major turning point for me. Mr. Muraki presented "Muraki-yaki" in response to my pursuit of classic Mishima.
It inspired me to create pottery that anyone in the world would recognize as my design. Although it's currently called "Mishima" for convenience, it's also a symbol of my goal.


Mishima Plate / 三島皿
White Make Up Teapot / 白掛ティーポットWhite Make Up Teapot

White Make Up Teapot
After remaking it over and over again, I've finally started to get my own form recently. Cute, cool, and functional. I made its design little by little as I made several prototypes until it took its current form, rather than sketching out ideas in a sketchbook. This shape is something I came up with by hand.


White Make Up Teapot

Most of my art is made using a potter's wheel.
I make lots of small plates and bowls from large chunks of clay and most of the time, there is a small bit of clay that gets leftover.
These are the times when my hands are able to move freely and create whatever I feel like at the time.
This pitcher is one of those examples. It is an art piece that reminded me of the joy of creating art with my shoulders relaxed.

大きな塊から小さなうつわを挽いていくのですが、最後に残った粘土からは十分な量が残らない場合が殆どです。 そんなときは、気ままに手が動くままに作ります。

Salt Pot / 塩壺Salt Pot

Salt Pot
I once saw an old woman grilling sweetfish at the Dorogawa hot spring in Nara Prefecture. Beside her was a pot of salt. She would take an adequate amount of salt from the pot each time and sprinkle it vigorously. She was so good at handling the salt pot; her expert gestures so beautiful they inspired me to make a salt pot myself.
Wooden lids and ceramics work well together, with no need to worry about them breaking. The sound of opening and closing the lid can be heard as it clanks open and close. It is fun to use.

奈良県にある洞川 (どろがわ)温泉で鮎を焼いていたおばあちゃんの側に塩壺があった。塩壺から毎回適量の塩が取られて豪快に塩を振っていた。使い込まれた塩壺がとても良くて、手慣れた所作が美しく自分も塩壺を作ろうと思いました。

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