I went to the JOMON exhibition at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno.
Sometimes I feel much more interesting to learn something in my age. I was studying Japanese history when I was a teenager just for the test. But now, learning historical thing is more interesting!
Under the theme of “Jomon Beauty,” this exhibition presents outstanding works of art created in diverse regions of the Japanese archipelago from the beginning to the end of the Jomon period, shedding light on the techniques with which these works were created and the spirit imbued in them.
“JOMON 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan”
Until September 2, 2018(Sun.) at Tokyo International Museum (Heiseikan)
You can find several kinds of plums in this season. Here are “Aoume”, green plum for the beginning of Ume season. I made plum compote. Prick the surface of a plum with a needle first. And then, Simmered for an hour gently over low heat and dipped into the water for a day to remove harshness. Dipped in sugared water for a couple of days. The point is use copper or enamel pot to keep their color of green. Chill the plum compote in the refrigerator before serving.
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How’s your Golden Week going?
I went to “Mashiko Pottery Fair” in Tochigi prefecture.
I visited some potters and craft makers, say hello to them. It was really hot day but trees are so beautiful, clear blue sky and I felt very refreshed.
Yuko Hiramatsu in Iseki Hiroba. White porcelain plates and flower vases.
Also “Mokkobo Gen” in Iseki Hiroba. Don’t for get to check special sale!
Kousuke Teramura in Kumiai Hiroba. Always crowded his tent!
Ian Hayden, wood turning artist located near from Teramura san’s tent. Basically each piece is unique. Find your favorite one 😀
Toshifumi Tashiro. His tent located along with main street. I love their stylish shape and beautiful graze.
Kijou Kougeisha located in front of Gallery Tounone. He will be there in the later half of GW.
They are holding the event until May 6 (Sun.). I hope you’ll enjoy your Golden Week vacation!
I had conducted an interview with Norio Yuasa, who has been making metalworks at a workshop in Funabashi, Chiba prefecture.
○What made you start getting interested in craft works?
I wasn’t interested in craft, but I liked metals since I was a child. Specially, I liked metallic luster.
○Did you have any experience that you made the basis for your metal works now?
I had never thought that I am going to be an artist when I was young, but I enjoyed art class at junior high school. My art teacher had a kind unique style of education and he gave a grade to my performance (quality), not for effort.
I also have another story. Before graduated from high school, I had a part time job to save money for traveling to Hokkaido, mainly and I did it by bicycle after graduated from high school. I had begun to think that I wanted to study metals at a college in the middle of a trip. One day, I dropped by a bookstore and I read an article about a man who made a small bicycle used brazen rods and made me think to study metals more often.
○Please tell me about lineup of your works.
I have been making cutlery from the beginning. I think the most familiar metal is cutlery for people. And I want my customers to put my cutlery in their daily life. But my cutlery didn’t sell as expected.
○What did you think that your cutlery didn’t sell as you expected?
I thought that the price didn’t fit (a little expensive) to users at that time but I didn’t worry much. Cutlery is one of the commonly used tool for us. So, there is no use making if people don’t use it. I researched and tried to reduce the cost. I had confidence that my cutlery was good quality and lower price in comparison to others but didn’t sell much. I think I was learning how difficult to making the “tools”.
○Could you tell me what made you start making a free palate (pan) after the cutlery?
Actually, I didn’t feel that I started to make something new, but I just thought a free plate/pan was also one of commonly use tool and easy to get into our daily life.
○You are also making various stainless plates. Do you want to make more variation of those plates?
Yes. I think metal plates can be given an accent on your table. So, I am consciously making those plates considering the size or shape.
○What would you like to try with your work in the future?
I would make more stainless products. I want to contribute to making reasons for people who are resistant to use metalworks to come to like metal products.
○Finally, what do you want people to think about your works?
I wish that my metal products to rise in value after someone bought my products. When someone bought my products is not “best” time for the products, but products improve with use. There is the meaning to become special for somebody, and there is also the meaning of a material becomes shiny and beautiful. I would be very happy if my customer uses my product often/ whatever they like, and it becomes valuable things for them. In a sense, I’m stealing the possibility of materials and making a thing. Thus, I strongly think “value” or “precious” to my works.
After the interview, he showed us how to make a metal plate with a sample at their workshop.
Thank you very much, Yuasa san!
He will participate in Mashiko Pottery Fair start from April 28(Sat.) to May 6(Sun.).