We talked to Naomi Heianyama and Miki Yonezu, who make vessels and tools that feel the beauty of the wood grain and the soft touch.
 About the trigger of pursuing the path of crafts, the background of your own, the history and formation of the workshop
The flat rice in Uruma City, Okinawa Prefecture is from Naomi Heianyama and Miki Yonezu.2It is a woodworking plant that is named in combination with the initials of people.2The appearance of wooden furniture and accessories created by combining people's sensitivity is cute and beautiful, and you can always keep it nearby.
When he was a child, he liked to imagine the interior of the room while turning an interior magazine, and came to want to make his own furniture. Before graduating from graduate school, I learned product design and pottery, and after graduation, I gained experience in manufacturing from various angles, such as working as a carpenter at a renovation company. Among them, the strong awareness of wanting to make wooden furniture that I was interested in since I was a child has grown.
Heianyama from Tokyo wants to learn art that he was good at since elementary school. The prints that I met in junior high school were fascinated by "carving trees", studying at the sculpture department of the arts high school, and improving expressions using wood. After that, he majored in sculptures at Okinawa's art university, where he has relatives, and once experienced working for a company, he began to have the desire to "make wooden daily necessities that everyone can use."
The two chosen as a school in Okinawa was chosen as a school in order to find a handicraft using wood. It was a front and rear seat in the classroom2People have a common experience in learning art in a wide range of art, and they are able to confront each other's works frankly.
「2If you do it together, you should be able to make something really good without being alone (Yonezu). " In addition to acquiring the same woodworking technology at the training center, it can be supported by each special technology, so the work2I think that it is the greatest strength to make it by people.
 What you are working on and conscious to stimulate your five senses.
The wooden series that incorporates the patterns of Okinawa -like Yachimun and enameled edges has been born from the desire to create a painted work, which is rare in Okinawan woodworking.
"Yachimun and the enamel are containers and tools that have long history and have been loved by people, but if the material is made of" wood "instead of pottery or enamel, you will be surprised. I was convinced that it would definitely be cute (Mr. Heianyama) "
The idea of "surprising humor" is "What happens if you replace it with a tree? It is said that it is born from thinking. That's why when the customer looks at the pleasure when looking at the vessel, the joy is shouting, "I did it!"
 What you value and commitment in the work production, what you want to convey through the work and what you want to fulfill
The two aiming for them is the “accomplished manufacturing” that makes you feel attached and want to use it for a long time.
"If you use wood, it is lighter and easier to hold than pottery, but we will pursue the ease of use, such as increasing the shape of the bottom so that the bowl does not turn upside down because it is not weighted (Yonosu). Mr. Miss)"
The wood of the vessel that deepens the color as you use it is made of Okinawan cosunoki, Sendan, and Tabunoki, which have beautiful wood grain. By changing the wood used even with a vessel of the same design to show the difference in wood grain, we have more variations and enjoy the choice.
"I want you to love the softness of the unique wood, which is different from pottery and lacquer, so please touch the vessel skin a lot (Mr. Yonesu).
 What we are trying to inherit traditional technology and culture and what we want to challenge in the future
In flat rice, we will continue to improve traditional techniques and technologies, not as an order -made work, and to create furniture to achieve design that matches modern life using it. It seems that there is.
「2021From the year, we are trying to produce new value that is not only as a tatami mat by using a beagle (Ibus), a special product of Uruma City, as a stool seating surface.
I will keep an eye on the creation of square meters, which are full of humor and surprising desire to entertain people.
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