I came to pottery from my studies in Zen and a life long interest in ecology. I make functional pottery in an effort to preserve local culture in our modern hyper-active, information intense society. If we take a stand where we live, and attempt to understand that place, we can create something that preserves and maintains the nature of that place. My main goal is to inspire other people to make their own creative work.
I intend my work to affect people who use it the way the green countryside affects someone who normally lives in the city: The fresh air & the green of the trees and grasses restores the soul & refreshes the spirit. If my work can do this, in a small way, it is successful.
I came to my personal understanding of Mingei and The Arts and Crafts Movement from working with my late teacher Tatsuzo Shimaoka and from observing the family farmers who were my neighbors in Mashiko, who lived according to the natural seasonal cycles. Distilled, it comes down to four basic principles:
1.Humans are naturally creative. We are informed by Nature about creativity and beauty.
2.Objects should be judged by how they fulfill the human need for creativity. Our tools are enablers.
3.We best function when we know the people whose products we depend upon and the people who likewise depend upon us.
4.When human creative needs are met, it is also beneficial to the ecology of the environment.