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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