Hyouseiji Kumibachi (Masakatsu Aoki), Saga Prefecture
I let the coolness and freshness of blue melt into the bowls, applied engravings to the outside just as if each of the stripes marks the passage of time.
sizqu (Cacaopottery), Saga Prefecture
I produced this imagining a beautiful world stretching out with no limits by one drop of water falling on the surface of water.
Soumenbachi Set (Tadashi Kawamura), Saga Prefecture
I drew blue sea waves on the Soumen cup and the Tsuyu cup that liken to a goldfish bowl. I designed to create a cool and fresh feeling by adding shades to the goldfish on the inside.
Soramaru Plate・Yozoramaru Plate (Mutsuko Tanaka), Saga Prefecture
When eating from a heaven plate that looks full of spirit, you get the feeling of eating outside. The image of the sky at night is easy to match and very calm.
Let`s add change to the life at home and enjoy having meals and tea.
This is Arita Ware with the hope in it, that the sky will always be beautiful.
Sometsukesenmon Kumibachi (Takuo Enda), Saga Prefecture
I made this aiming for a lively piece by using the technical methods of printing and scraping off.
Ukihorimon 6.5 Sun Sarasoroe (Hiroyuki Tokunaga)
I digitalized the tensha copy designs from our company and redesigned them as engraved patterns in the plaster mold.
I look for its own roots and make a new thing based on those.
This is how we “develop new ideas based on the study of the past” at our company.
Hanakesshou Plate (Touan Co., Ltd. “Touan Kiln” Yoshiaki Dobuchi)
Crystal Glaze is a special kind of glaze for which overglaze is melted with crystals appearing on it during the process of cooling it down. I used this special feature of crystallization and made these flower crystals. I named this ceramics “flower crystal” since there is a beautiful pattern rising to the surface of the plates that almost looks like flowers are blooming.
A special characteristic is that no pattern will come up twice so one can enjoy a great variety of different crystal shapes.
Ka・Ke・Wa・Ke (Tetsuya Kaneishi), Saga Prefecture
I applied colors only to the outside (wall) and kept the remaining parts (such as the inside, backside, and handle) white, making it a “split” by highlighting the contrast between the overglaze and the whiteness.
I expressed depth and three-dimensionality on the outside (color glaze parts) with the relief technique.
In general I kept it simple and also paid attention to the function of being easy to hold.
Ryouri, Asu he no Izanai (Kichiten.Ten,Maru. Koubou Harada Yousuke), Saga Prefecture
I made this imagining the daily menus and arrange them on vessels.
Usable for tasty deserts and delicious meals, I made this with the hope that we can have a happy life. I imagined the center as the sun and the modelling of the wave motion of the planets puts in shape the living things that use the energy of the sun as nourishment to grow on the ground.
Sometsuke Daikonmonshakuzara (Taitan Yamaguchi), Nagasaki Prefecture
I tried to get as close as possible to the representative pieces of Nabeshima Ware.
Seihakujibori Kumibachi (Kaoru Ueki), Saga Prefecture
Now, as the hearts of people are swallowed up in darkness, I wish for meals to be taken from bowls that bring some purity to the dining table. These are blue-white porcelain bowls.
Shinogide Cosmos Blast Ryokuchaki (Shinji Terauchi), Saga Prefecture
Among the ceramic technologies that have existed for a long time there is the one called “sharpening”.
Similar to a tightly twisted bend the beautifully applied vertical shape looks like the plant “horsetail” and the image of vertically stretching straight stands for strong thriving. I expressed a sky like a night sky with the painting material of Gosu.
Choumon (Toshio Shimada), Saga Prefecture
I produced it rather thickly on the potter`s wheel and laid the focus on the beauty in appearance so it would be used at small gatherings.
Tenmokugintekimeimeisara “Chuu” (Yuuki Inoue), Saga Prefecture
I applied dark glaze that resembles oil spotting on the unglazed material with the spotting method. Please enjoy all the different sceneries one by one.
Sometsuketsuru Shippou Hanagatazara (Hiroyuki Hashiguchi (Yuu) Shingama), Saga Prefecture
I combined the seven lucky charms and the Tsuru Karakusa that stand for growth and prosperity on a plate imitating old ceramics.
This is “Reiwa” Sometsuke porcelain on which you can place Japanese・Western・Chinese cuisine.
Yukiyodzuki Egawari Go Sun Hirazara (Yuusuke Fukuda (Fukujugama)), Saga Prefecture
The snow at night is dancing in the wind shining in the moonlight and the shapes of weeds and animals are faintly visible in the back. I laid traditional patterns of animals and plants on top of the matt black glaze, and put silver colors on top of that, symbolizing the snow in the moonlight.
Kindjihakuyuu “Shinshoku” (Yoshiyasu Harada) , Saga Prefecture
The erosion into the area, the strength of nature in form of erosions, though slowly, will for good or bad turn things that were there before into new “colors”.
If there are even small changes happening to the hearts, pain and thoughts of people by influences in people`s surroundings, I thought I would try to express those as simple and beautiful as possible as the beginning of the erosion of new colors.
April 7th, 2022
Zefun Che (Chief Examiner)
Problems such as the still evolving Corona pandemic, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and climate change threaten our lives and health, bringing big changes to our lives in general. The artists produce sustainable things, having a sense of social responsibility on the necessity towards the circulation and they are working on the implementation of such a system.
Against that background, the 118th Arita International Ceramics Competition saw 48 entries from 44 different exhibitors. The number of pieces has decreased compared to last time and the time before that and due to the effects of Corona, it was not possible to submit pieces of art from abroad. However, many of the pieces gave the feeling of a high level of quality that was based on a direct look on the situation of the times. Also, we felt spirits worthy of the 400-years history of Arita Ware from the pieces that were converted so that the technology and expression of tradition would match the times.
The winner of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award “Hyouseiji Kumibachi” with its pattern of countless vertical lines applied on the outside of the bowl made one feel the magical image like a grove that comes in sight on a foggy lake
As for the winner of the Governor of Saga Prefecture Award “sizqu”, the water drop pattern that was delicately painted on the edges of the plate with slipware was characteristic and the mixture of dark brown and ceramic blue overglaze lets one image the background colors seen through drops of water. It matches the faint turquoise color over the whole plate well and gives it a beautiful and rich expression. It was a piece that makes one actually want to put food on it and use it.
The winner of the Mayor of Arita Town Award “Somenbachi Set” is a piece for which the combination of the balance of the white parts and the shape of the goldfish that were drawn using traditional dyeing and painting technologies with the expression of an energetic feeling on the outside is beautiful. The drawing-style of the waves of blue sea on the edges of the cups conveys thoroughness.
The Arita International Ceramics Competition that once started with the aim for competition in technology and increase in knowledge does not come to a halt at the development of technology but also holds the expectation of constantly developing as a place for expression leading the living to a more ample direction by contemplating the life of the user, expanding creativity through perception of design, and aesthetically proposing the beauty of utility.
Also, I sincerely hope that through this Arita International Ceramics Competition, young artists will take over the tradition of ceramics production while encouraging each other, and be able to advance the craftsmanship.
Sekai Bunka Co., Ldt
Daimonji Co., Ldt
Aichi University of the Arts Faculty of Art Department of Design and Craft Professor