When I was at Art School in Tokyo I made a special study of fifteenth century Flemish painting. I don’t know how that original training has influenced me as a potter, but I feel that my sense of colour and shape reflect something of that early work.
I use mainly stoneware and sometimes porcelain often decorated with slips, and frequently with a dolomite based glaze. In surface decoration, my aim is to enhance the shape of the pots.
Principally, Japanese pottery is functional and often ceremonial as in the Tea Ceremony. The function of my pots depends on the imagination of the owner, and this relationship determines the life of the pot.