My relationship with Japanese pottery
Mass-produced industrial products are somewhat chilly.
A mass produced cup in front of me appeals to my emotions,
“A cup only has to have the shape of a cup”.
It may be true but it is so chilly.
On the other hand, a handmade pottery cup appeals to me as it’s healthy beauty.
Every time I use it, my heart warms.
I believe that human hands breathe a warm heart into their creation.
A healthy beauty only comes from human hands.
So I always pay honor to human hands, their creativity and their creation.
Of course, it’s not just a cup as this applies to all creations or crafts.
This is the reason I love Japanese handcrafts.
Based on the above, I would like to introduce my relationship with Japanese pottery this time.
I have various kinds of Japanese handmade tableware.
Many of them are pottery.
They are not expensive, but they are solidly made and have practical beauty.
I feel a kindness of the land from pottery.
So I like pottery.
I think that pottery must be rised with great care by a user.
That is, using positively and viewing pottery with affection.
As a result, pottery will become familiar with your lips, hands and eyes as you get in touch with it.
When this happens, you will grow found of pottery more than before.
I prefer new pottery, which is made by a modern craftsperson, to antique pottery.
Of course, I can’t help admiring the beauty and history of antiques.
However, more than that I admire modern pottery.
Today, Japanese society and the economy are built upon mass-production or mass-consumption.
There is no room for the penetration of human touch.
So I long for human warmth and I ask for such handcrafts.
Modern craftspersons continue making their handcrafts in this world.
How precious it is!
So I love Japanese handcrafts.
In particular, pottery tableware is familiar to me.
Handmade Japanese pottery is so precious to me.