Apprenticeship in Japan (Spanish)

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(Spanish) Having learned from traditional teachers in the mountains south of Tokyo, two hours from Nagoya in the small town of Oogaya, where they practice the Minoyaki tradition, [which consists] basically [of] two colors of ceramic, shino and oribe. Shino is a ceramic with a white glaze, while oribe is a ceramic with a very special glassy color. I was lucky in that I was able to finish up those studies and [then] live them practically as an apprentice under a good teacher, Tsukimura Masahiko, who accepted me as an apprentice, as an assistant, and I believe that the discipline of those formative years were fundamental. The austerity of living in the countryside, to do work that did not always relate to ceramics, but with the construction of a house, to see how the entire process unfolded [and] not only to produce objects of clay. I believe that I have always approached ceramics as a way of life rather than as a job, [which is] a difficult thing to do because, having finally been able to do such a industrious and similar task [building a house and making ceramics] [and] to be able to produce objects that can be exchanged in an easy way, [such tasks] are accessible to [many] people, [and] I believe that what I did was to respect the process, the principles of believing in a profession as a way of life in order to establish a personal aesthetic.

Date: December 7, 2007
Location: Lima, Peru
Interviewer: Harumi Nako
Contributed by: Asociación Peruano Japonesa (APJ)

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