KOGEI & Me

Tomomi Kawazu

河津智美

The more new techniques I learn, the more I can feel my growth

Ms. Kawazu is from Oita prefecture. After majoring in product design in Osaka University of Arts, she went to “Arita College of Ceramics”. She joined Riso Porcelain in 2016 by way of a part-timer for 2 years. Arita is a famous area for ceramics, but only a few companies utilize new techniques like 3D design. She was attracted to Riso Porcelain which is always trying new things including 3D design. In Arita, women are usually engaged in painting works, but Ms. Kawazu with her personal experiences in product design, prefers to use the potter’s wheel. Currently she is in charge of 3D design and the potter’s wheel molding. She says “The more new techniques I learn, the more I can feel my growth”. She puts her hand on the potter’s wheel and sharpens her spirit calmly. What she wants to produce is ceramic as a “product” which can be used by people and has longevity and not an art piece. Ms. Kawazu forms the porcelain beautifully with an intense focus and a lot of heart.

技術を学ぶほど、成長を感じる

大分県出身の河津さん。大阪芸術大学でプロダクトデザインを専攻後、陶磁器の専門学校である「有田窯業大学校」へ進学。李荘窯には、2年間のアルバイト勤務を経て、2016年に入社した。有田は陶芸の地として名高いが、3Dデザインなどの新興技術を取り入れる企業は少なく、飽くなき挑戦を続ける李荘窯に大きな魅力を感じたと言う。女性は絵付け仕事に従事することが多いなか、河津さんは自身のデザイン経験を活かし、ろくろ成形を希望した。現在は、3Dデザインとろくろ成形を担当している。「新たな技術を学ぶほど、自分の成長を感じることができるんです」。そう語る河津さんは、ろくろに手をかけると、静かに集中力を研ぎすませていく。作りたいのは、陶芸作品ではなく、ひとに永く使ってもらえる「商品」としての器だ。河津さんの真剣なまなざしとその想いが、器を美しくかたどっていく。

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