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Kouzou Ogawa / Daizoh Ogawa

小川弘藏・小川代藏

We want to revive Bizen.

The Ogawa brothers, Daizoh and Kouzou, were born into a long historical lineage of potters. Their great- grandfather is none other then Konishi Toko – the famous first pottery producer in Bizen. As children, their playground was an old kiln site and a shrine made of Bizen ware. Subsequently, they went their separate ways. The older Mr. Daizoh Ogawa took up an engineering job in Osaka but the younger Mr. Kouzou Ogawa decided to take up pottery to succeed their father’s business. Daizo had initially left the pottery business solely in the hands of his younger brother but eventually started to support products planning and sales promotion for the family business, all this while working as an engineer. Even though they live apart they share the same heart for Bizen. Exchanging opinions between themselves they worked hard on new initiatives. “We want Bizen to be like the lively city that we remembered as children. In order to do that we need to create new opportunity for people to want to come back, hopefully through Bizen ware”.

Two brothers, path overlapped, try to breathe new life into Bizen city.

活気のある備前をもう一度

小川代藏・弘藏兄弟は、代々続く陶工の家系に生まれ、窯元「小西陶古」の初代を曾祖父に持つ。幼い頃は、裏山にある何百年も前の窯跡や、備前焼に彩られた神社が遊び場であったと言う。そんな二人は働き出した後、別々の道を歩み始めた。兄の代藏さんは、機械系の職につき、弟の弘藏さんは、父・秀藏さんの家業を継ぐべく陶工になる決意をする。その後、一度は弟に家業の全てを託した代藏さんも、大阪でエンジニアとしての職を続けながら、商品の企画や営業面でのサポートを行うようになった。暮らす場所は違えども、想いは同じ。意見を交わし合いながら、新たな取り組みを手がけていく。「子供の頃に見てきた活気のある備前の町に再び戻ってほしい。そのためには、備前焼を通じて、町に人が帰ってくるようなきっかけ作りをしたい」と、揃って口にする。それぞれの道は重なり合い、備前の町に新たな息を吹き込もうとしている。

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