It's been while to write new journal, but today, I would like to introduce Mr. Okamura, who makes pottery in Tajimi, Gifu.
Gifu Prefecture's pottery, called "Mino ware" (mainly Tajimi, Toki, and Mizunami) is a place where about 60% of domestic pottery is produced.
Mr. Okamura's vessels are made with the classic techniques like Misimade and Kiseto, have an atmosphere that fits comfortably in any styles.
The turning point for becoming a potter was an exhibition that he happened to visit when he was in his early twenties. At the exhibition, which gathered the works of 100 potters, the impression of pottery that he had held until then changed completely.
He learned that there is a school in Tajimi, Gifu where he can study pottery, and he moved to Tajimi and entered there at the age of 24.
After graduating, he became a disciple of a kiln that burns Oribe and Shino in Tajimi, and learned much more.
Currently, Mr. Okamura is working on creating works with strong artistic elements that inspired him to become a potter, while also working on the production of pottery used at home, which is also the origin.
"I want to continue making pottery as a work of art. But first of all, it is important for many people to become familiar with pottery. Through meals, tea time, and the usual dishes that are lined up on the table. I want you to experience the ancient culture of Japan, "he says, creating Japanese tableware that makes use of traditional techniques and textures. The vessels made by Mr. Okamura are a reasonably life-sized opportunity to familiarize yourself with the profound charm of pottery that has been passed down as a traditional craft.