From nature, painting, and metal. Looking at all kinds of texture #Oshiro Kobo Oshiro Masafumi

We talked to Masafumi Oshiro of Oshiro Kobo, who made a beautiful contrast between mats and glossy, with a focus on Okinawan materials.


[1] About the trigger of pursuing the path of crafts, the background of your own, the history and formation of the workshop
Tomigusuku City, Okinawa Prefecture, where Oshiro Kobo is located, is also a place where Yachimun writer Masafumi Oshiro was born and raised. The vessel created in the area where the papaya trees are grown around the area around the area is a moderate weight and fits in the palm of the hand.
The encounter with Yachimun dates back to the memory of the pottery festival that went around the age of 4-5. He said he loved the traditional Yachimin design, such as arabesque and round patterns and colors, and he was impressive enough to remember the scenes of the jar and vessels at that time.
After graduating from high school, I searched for a work unique to Okinawa and chose a rokuro craftsman's way to store Awamori. In making sake jars, I felt interesting to create a new character, but through the encounter with a local Yachimun writer, I was gradually attracted to the width of the glaze expression that greatly influenced the impression of Yachimun. "I want to be a writer who is loved by the local area," he will go on the path of Yachimun's potential.


[2] What you are working on and conscious to stimulate your five senses.

From nature, painting, and metal. Looking at all kinds of texture #Oshiro Kobo Oshiro Masafumi

The contrast between the matte texture of the ground and the gloss of the pattern, which is an indispensable expression for Oshiro's vessel, is born by accumulating more complex processes than usual. Even on the same white background, the matte and glossy parts look like a different color. The idea that combines different textures is to be brought in by observing various textures that exist around, such as pottery, porcelain, paintings, nature, and sometimes metal tools.
In addition, paintings such as arabesque and round crests are impressive that the lines are clearly drawn and have a strong gloss. The roots of the detailed brush brushes are in calligraphy that they have been good at for more than 10 years since they were children.
"The brush brushes cultivated in the calligraphy are used in the current style. By painting the pattern carefully without blurring, you can maximize the gloss of glaze using Okinawan volcanic ash."


[3] What you value and commitment in the work production, what you want to convey through the work and what you want to fulfill

From nature, painting, and metal. Looking at all kinds of texture #Oshiro Kobo Oshiro Masafumi

Oshiro's vessel uses traditional Yachimun's design, but its expression is full of originality. In particular, the glaze uses local ingredients to feel Okinawa -like from its color and texture.
"I dig my own glaze by digging mud called Okinawan Kucha and the soil near the workshop."
A dark candy -colored bowl with the traces of the brush on the back side of the back is made from a glaze made from Tomitaki Castle. One of the expressions unique to Oshiro -san's vessels is the dynamism of the flowing brush and the subtle shade of the candy color, which is realized by using the soil that is originally difficult to use for painting. is.
The reason is that it is a vessel that does not get tired even if you use it everyday because it contains a number of differences in texture in the vessel and show a different expression every time you see it. If you look closely from various angles to the back of the vessel, as well as painting, you will be able to feel the desire to feel the warmth of handicraft.


[4] What we are trying to inherit traditional technology and culture and what we want to challenge in the future
Oshiro's search for style is widely seen from folk art to contemporary art, which accumulates the knowledge and leads to the evolution of the work.
"I want to make things that consumers will not get tired of being a traditional vessel," said Oshiro, who wants to focus on the employment and training of younger generations in the future. The warmth and the thoughts of making a bowl filled with Okinawan love will lead to the next generation from here.


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