KOGEI & Me

Yukitada Hamono

鱧野行忠

I want to progress in order to pass on the role to the future.

Born in Aichi prefecture, Mr. Hamono had moved to Mizunami city in Gifu prefecture, a production area of ceramics in 2015 after his marriage, as it was his wife’s hometown. Soon after, he joined Oda Pottery Co., Ltd. Even though he did not have any experience in ceramic manufacturing, he believed that the work environment where people concentrate on their work silently would suit his personality. He is now working in the modeling section of the factory and is in charge of the setting of the automatic molding machine before it is wheeled to the start of production. Lifting a heavy roller weighing more than 30 kg, he fits it to the machine while adjusting it to the correct angle of the mold in which the clay is inserted. This work requires a lot of energy both physically and mentally as even one little mismatch will cause a large amount of defective products. Nevertheless, Mr. Hamono works hard everyday to improve his skill. He is encouraged by the working attitude of his seniors who have an abundance of experience and knowledge in the job. He says “ I want to become a full-fledged worker as soon as possible so that I can lead a new trainee who joins this department in the future” It is this sincere heart that fuels his progress.

次代に繋ぐために、成長を続けたい

愛知県出身の鱧野さんが陶磁器の産地である岐阜県に移り住んだのは、2015年。瑞浪生まれの女性との結婚がきっかけだった。まもなくして小田陶器に入社。陶磁器製造の経験はなかったが、黙々と仕事に集中するものづくりの現場が自分の性格に合っていると感じたそうだ。工場では、成形部門で、自動成形機に型を流す前のセッティングを担当している。重さが30キログラム以上にもなるローラーを持ち上げ、陶土を入れた型に角度を合わせながら機械に取り付ける作業は、わずかなずれが大量の不良品の原因となってしまうため、心身ともに労力がいる。それでも鱧野さんは、経験と知識の豊富な先輩たちの仕事ぶりに後押しされながら、日々、成長しようと業務に励む。「いつか後輩ができたら、指導できるように早く一人前になりたい」と話す、その誠実な心が鱧野さん自身の成長の糧になっている。

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