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Izuru Seitou

出製陶

Izuru Seitou began with the opening of a kiln by Bizen ware artist, Mr. Izuru Yamamoto when he became independent from his father, Mr. Toshu Yamamoto who was a great master of pottery throwing. He had once aspired to be a sculptor and as a potter has established his own techniques such as “Syussai”- the usage of coloured clay and “Tsumiage”- creating forms by stacking up plate-like clay and thus revamping the image of Bizen ware. Currently, the task of expansion and exploration of new possibilities along with his free-minded spirit has been handed down to his sons, Shusaku and Ryosaku, and they began to produce Bizen ware for the new generation. The pottery that the brothers developed is made of clay from Bizen and mixed with pigments. Blue and yellow, the vibrant coloured clay has become the distinct characteristic of Izuru Seitou. Despite the difficulty of bringing out distinct colours from Bizen clay due to the high-level of iron contents, through their numerous trials they managed to find a way to obtain the colours consistently. In their workplace, a custom-made gas kiln that was designed to produce the natural texture of Bizen ware encourages their pursuit of producing pottery that fits the current lifestyle. Concurrently, the brothers still continue to hold exhibitions with their father giving due respect to their inheritance and upholding tradition.

出製陶は、備前焼作家である山本出氏が、ろくろの名手であった父、山本陶秀氏から独立して窯を開いたことに始まる。かつて彫刻家を志していた出氏は、色土を用いた「出彩(しゅっさい)」や板状にした土を積み上げて成形する「積上(つみあげ)」など、備前焼のイメージを一新するような独自の手法を確立。その自由な発想と備前焼の可能性を広げる取り組みは、現在、長男の周作さん、次男の領作さん兄弟が受け継ぎ、次世代の備前焼を創り出している。二人が手がける器は、備前の土に顔料を混ぜ、その色土から生まれる青や黄色などの鮮やかな発色が特徴だ。備前の土は鉄分を多く含み、色が出しづらいが、試作を重ね、安定して発色させる方法に辿り着いた。工房では、備前焼の素朴な風合いを表現できる特注のガス窯を活用して、現代の生活に彩りを添える製品づくりに励む。また、出氏の作品と合わせての親子展など、継承を意識した展開にも積極的に取り組んでいる。

Flagship Products

Stacking Cups

スタッキングカップ

Incense burner “KOFU”

香炉 「古布」

Tsumiage Flower Vase -Union of the Universe-

出氏作品 -花器-

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