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Soekyu Seitosho Co., Ltd.

有限会社 副久製陶所

In 1953, Soekyu Seitosho was established in Yoshida, Ureshino City of Saga Prefecture. They are one of Hizen-Yoshida ware manufacturers which comprise of 14 potteries. The neighboring area, Arita is known as the birthplace of porcelain in Japan and produces tableware for professional-use. On the other hand, the Yoshida area is mainly producing tableware for daily use. Three generations of Soekyu Seitosho have continued to produce the Japanese tableware that is rooted in the Japanese daily lives. Currently, Mr. Hisahiro Soejima (third generation) is producing tableware with his wife Mrs. Michiko Soejima. During the 1990s when this area was very popular as a producing area of tableware products, they had 10 staffs and they often went overseas for inspection. However, they needed to change their business strategy because the production volume of the area has been decreasing. In 2015 they managed to develop the “Soekyu GOSU” series by using “dami” which is a traditional painting technique. The harmonious couple has opened up new fields through their development.

副久製陶所は、1953年に佐賀県嬉野市吉田で創業。14戸ある肥前吉田焼の窯元の一つとされている。日本の磁器発祥の地として名高い有田の近隣地域にあるが、有田に比べて、日用食器の生産が主体である。副久製陶所も創業以来、三代に渡って、日本人の日常に根ざした和食器を作り続けてきた。現在は、三代目となる副島久洋さんが、副島美智子夫人と共に作陶を行っている。生産が最も盛んであった1990年代には10名ほどの職人がおり、海外へも頻繁に視察に繰り出したが、近年では地域全体の生産量が減り、これまでとは異なる戦略が不可欠であった。そんな中、2015年に、伝統的な筆による絵付け技法である「濃み(だみ)」を活かした「副久 GOSU」シリーズを開発。この開発をきっかけに、新たな領域を切り拓いている。

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