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Hisahiro Soejima / Michiko Soejima

副島久洋 / 副島美智子

Studying is incredibly enjoyable

In an area rich in nature which is known for producing Ureshino tea, Mr. Hisahiro Soejima and Ms. Michiko have been producing pottery for a long time. Both of them said in unison with a smile “We have never used a PC before”. This harmonious couple was responsible in developing “Soekyu GOSU” which consists of 5 different shades of blue. They took the opportunity to join “Arita Revitalization” a 400 years anniversary project in 2016. The test sales during the exhibition as well as in shops attracted public attention and their workshop regained its energy. Ms. Michiko Soejima says “I have a lot of opportunity to talk with various people through this project”. She started to study the weblog in order to communicate their products to more people. “Meeting people and studying is incredibly enjoyable for me”. When she is painting the color on the ware by “dami fude” technique, she has a commanding air and her appearance is exquisite.

The day that “Soekyu GOSU” take flight abroad is close at hand. The people around the world will marvel at this 5 blue colors.

学ぶことが楽しくて仕方ない

嬉野茶の産地で知られる自然豊かな地で、長年、作陶を行う副島久洋さん・美智子さん。二人で口を揃えて「ついこないだまで、パソコンすら持っていなかったんです」と笑う姿は、仲睦まじい。そんな副島夫妻は、2016年に行われる有田400周年を記念したプロジェクト「ARITA Revitalization」への参加をきっかけに、五種類の青色の色合いを持つ器「副久GOSU」を開発。展示会や店頭での試験販売は大きな注目を集め、縮小傾向にあった工房は活気を取り戻した。このプロジェクトを機に、さまざまな人と関わるようになったという美智子さん。作品をより広く知ってもらうために、ブログの勉強も始めた。「今は、人と出会い、学ぶことが本当に楽しくて仕方ないんです」と話す。美智子さんが、器に濃み筆で丁寧に色を塗り重ねる姿は、凛として美しい。世界に向けて「副久GOSU」が飛び立つ日は近い。きっと世界は、この五種の色に驚くだろう。

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