Pottery that uses neither a potter’s wheel nor hand crafting to create
When you think of pottery, you either think of a potter’s wheel, or a gradual process, shaping with fingers. But Onuki whom we visited, makes his work using a totally different technique.
His technique is called ”tatara zukuri” . He takes plates of clay cut into size, and forms his works by ”pasting” the parts together. In other words if he was to make a rectangular flower pot, he basically assembles the pot by cementing the 5 pieces of clay together to form the left and right, front and back, and the bottom parts together.
Building in accordance to the plan
When Nakata asked why Ounki adopted this technique, he answered ”My original background is graphic design. That’s why this technique feels natural to me. ”
From designer to potter
The reason Onuki turned to pottery from graphic design is because he ”wanted to do work that remains in material form”. He mainly worked on advertising design in his graphic designer days. ”Advertisements are there to advertise products. So the role of ads end rather quickly. I wanted to make something that lasts for a long time into the future.
His talents as a designer appears not just in the form of his work, but also in the decorative painting.
From commercial design to pottery. In spite of the change in the method of expression, I felt that within Onuki’s work is his strong passion for art and creation.
- Hiroyuki Onuki
- Kasam,a, Ibaraki
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