I drew this white porcelain tableware just with a difference in the gloss of the glaze. It is a modern interpretation and technique of the traditional design which our predecessors, who built the present Arita have left us.
I created this work, because I wanted to have a bowl to put in a small amount of shiratama zenzai and mitsumame. When opening the lid, one can enjoy the exciting feeling and enjoy the adult doll’s house. By the colour matching of blue and silver, I added freshness and glory.
It is a work with a deliberated technique. I expressed a felt elaboration of Indigo in the image of Arita’s white and blue porcelain through a gallant daisy design.
Every petal is detailed and elaborated and thus quite difficult, but through these two sides, the white that brings off the cooked food has been designed as flavour.
I hope that the warm and friendly expression that arises from the combination with the wood fits into the diversifying life.
The grip can be removed and put on again, so it can be taken off when washing.
It has become possible to create this work through several techniques, when mixing the clay components that were found inside of the Izumiyama Quarry. There, I was researching on my own about the clay of the quarry which has been stopped using.
Through the technique to hit only the clay in thread cutting shapes I used Tsukuri glaze as well as Shirakawa glaze.
In Arita, there can be seen potsherds by the river. These might be capsules of technique and one gets excited to imagine what picture these potsherds might have been. I produced this work, because I find the fact interesting that if you put together the potsherds, the past and present are connected with each other and do match nowadays lifestyle.
Lots of forms of knots are presented. I imagined diverse ways of knots when producing this work. It is devised in a way it can be used for celebrations as well as for funerals and ceremonial occasions.
It is a simple teapot set being created as a soft form with handicrafted 4 steps. I tried to express the fresh-looking loveliness by painting the latch of the pot and the bottom of the tea set in indigo and putting a white accent.
This is a joint development product with Hands on design and Kanz Architetti. It is a tea set having an imagined design of birds.
In recent years, together with the change of food, the environment around the table also underwent a huge change. This time, I developed a work in a joint production with “Hands on design”, focussing on design activities in Italy, of which the design and the functionality are being considered important.
If you have a look from above, at first glance, the form looks ordinary.
But the plateau has been scraped off highly. The work has been fired by putting a glaze also on the bottom of the plateau, so the vessel can be floated in a manner that no scratches will be left on the table.
I made the glacier as a motif and would be glad if you feel the coolness and breeziness that the pale blue expresses. I also kept the form simple and emphasized the sharpness.
To make a clear design, I drew only lines on the small plate (mamezara) blue and white porcelain (sometsuke). On the small plates, one can put cooked food on little by little as appetizers. They can also be used putting chocolate or cookies on it at coffee time. Please try to use these plates which are likely to play a minor role, as main plates.
I made this vessel thinking of to let the white porcelain (hakuji) of Arita porcelain looking cool and that one enjoys the serving and eating.
Amongst those people drinking tea out of a tea pot, there are many who also drink hot tea in summer. I produced this work for these people, and when imagining summer, this design came to my mind.
This is a sake glass exclusively for sake. I decorated an arabesque design on it, which is a traditional Arita porcelain design, with silver and green. The production of biscuit fired porcelain is also one-piece molded. It is a product of craftsmanship whose technique of firing has been fostered for many years.
It is a glass exclusively for alcohol. The design is gorgeously decorated with a rice ear.
I tried to express the human beings longing towards the mystery of the moon in 5 kinds of moons. I would be happy if one enjoys life being conscious of the moon.
I created an “item for living“. I expressed it through Japanese traditional patterns, such as the pattern of waves in the blue ocean (seikaiha) and the seven treasures (shippō).
I chose the effective utilization of limited kaolin from Amakusa as a theme, and after sorting it out, I used kaolin that has rarely been used.
I created this “kōbai cup“ to drink plum wine (umeshu) by receiving cooperation of Kōransha. It is a characteristic that a plum blossom is made on the place where one puts the mouth to drink. They are likely to be enjoyed at girls-only gatherings, plum and ice are not jumping out, giving a modern atmosphere and a rounded soft form.
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I created a pair set of sake cups and glasses to be used properly for Nihonshu and Shōchū, depending on one’s mood at each day.
Hiroshige Akase, Chief Examiner of the Industrial Ceramic Arts Division
Upon the memorial examination of the 400th anniversary of Arita porcelain, the creative activities of the creators in Arita have been expressed significantly for several years. Production as manufacturing and the technique of traditional craftsmanship are compatible in Arita. Wonderful works exerting the quality of both have been sent to the exhibition.
The work Hakujikōbyomon, which won the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, wanted, from a global point of view, to express sand blast, an originally existing technique in a more modern way and make it known to the public. This came together with the occasion that Japanese cuisine has been accepted by the UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in 2013, receiving attention from all over the world. It is simple, but the Japanese modesty and the hidden story lying in Arita’s traditional designs have been valued.
The work Egawari kofutawansoroe, which won the Governor of Saga Prefecture Award, shows that the industry’s trend for simple and modern works is continuing. The work which is based on good balanced real life has been valued as for having adopted Arita’s traditional pictures in a modern way. Both works are pieces showing how traditional pictures will look like when letting them evolve. Letting them evolve in a legitimate way. Ranking 1st and 2nd place, it can be said that these two are contrasting works that 400 years of Arita’s porcelain history brought about.
The deliberated technique of the work Saiji neriageai no daisy bowl, which won the Mayor of Arita Town Award might deviate from Arita’s tradition, but technically it is well trained and can be valued rightfully. The work is very well excelling, due to the grey light and shade and the balance of the picture etc. It has been valued as a work, placement of the picture and also the sides have been thought deliberately, letting feel the probed craftsmanship.
The 1st place is a simple work that modern people aim at. The 2nd place is a traditional, the 3rd place a technical work. Thus, the balance is well. These works are all hand work without making use of the computer. It should not be asked about the merits and demerits, but the 1st place also lets feel digital elements but is capturing the tradition, so the future could be felt.
Greeting the 400th anniversary since the foundation, the name of the exhibition has been changed into “Arita International Ceramics Competition”. The examination has been an occasion from the past to the future. For the 401st year, I hope that manufacturing will be actively carried out even more on the world’s eye level and that many of these works will be collected.