— How do you present your works now?

Our kiln is located in the mountains overlooking a pond and the beautiful Mt. Kurokami which has outstanding huge sheer rocks.
I used to play in the pond when I was a child. Against this beautiful backdrop and rich nature, I am working earnestly with the clay to make pottery.

— Did you always want to be a potter?

I actually wanted to work as a graphic designer, but the workshop caught fire, and I unexpectedly entered the field of ceramics. My father’s generation was making art works, but I wanted to try my hand at tableware, so I set up a tableware department in the Hojyungama and taught myself to make pottery tableware.

— What are the characteristics of Takeo ware?

Takeo ware is not like Karatsu, Arita, or Imari ware. There are no rules, so it can be said that its characteristic is freeness. Each kiln has its own uniqueness and diversity.

—Your works have a distinctive character that makes them unforgettable at first sight. What is important to you when you make pottery?

I always value originality in my work and aim to create one-of-a-kind products.
Since I’ve been in this field for 40 years, I always have an afterimage of things I’ve made or seen before, but I have a strong belief not to make something if it looks like something I’ve seen somewhere else.


—Where do you get your inspiration for your unique style?

Recently, I have been paying attention to the natural patterns created by nature, and I am fascinated by designs that cannot be created intentionally by humans.

I often use methods that are not used in ordinary ceramics. For example, in the papyrus collection, I use wrinkled aluminum foil to make molds instead of paper. In the Ryuboku (driftwood) collection, I pick up driftwood from the sea and recreate the grain of the wood with plaster to make molds.

— The Magma collection that is being introduced this time is also energetic and powerful.

The Magma collection is created with the image of magma blowing out from a volcano, flowing, and cooling as it solidifies. I hope you can feel the breath of the earth.

—The red glaze reminds me of real magma. I wonder if you also use a special method to make this collection.

I make a ball of clay, burn the surface with a torch, and squash it all at once to create the shape. I was inspired when I saw drying soil cracking.



1963 Born in Imari City, Saga Prefecture
1980 Selected for the Saga Prefectural Exhibition
1981 Graduated from Arita Technical High School, Design Department
1990 Awarded New York Japan Grand Prize
1990 Exhibited at New York T&N GALLERY
1990 Invited to exhibit at New York GALLERY Molina
1991 Awarded International Art Grand Prize at the International Art New York Exhibition
1991 Awarded ART SPEAK Prize
1993 Began to have solo exhibitions several times a year at various places every year
2000 Selected at the Kyushu Yamaguchi Ceramics Exhibition
Since then, exhibited several times a year at various events and solo exhibitions.


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