Boso potter Shun Kadohashi's seamless transitions
The act of putting on and taking off socks sometimes leads people to activity and invites them to rest. Its existence is likened to a switch in daily life, and its creativity is unraveled through the creator's on and off turns. However, potter Shun Kadohashi may deny even that switch. Entrusting himself to nature, his continuous creative work in which he captures formless things and then transforms them all has a meaning, but at the same time he does not question it.
Unrestrained shapes, rhythmic patterns, cute objects, and relaxed tableware. There is something childlike and innocent about Kadohashi's works. The main building we were led to had a single tall pillar extending all the way to the ceiling. ``I was just trying to make the frame exactly, but in the end I ended up making it little by little until the end.'' In the kitchen of his home, lined with handmade pottery that makes people laugh, Mr. Kadohashi recalls his first encounter with pottery while pouring the curry his wife had prepared into them.
His career in ceramics began after a chance encounter at a bookstore in London, where he was living at the time. When I worked in Japan, I sold toy cameras, published CDs and photo books, organized music events, and was involved in giving form to my senses. Eventually, I started thinking, ``Instead of selling things made by other people, maybe I could make them myself.'' I'm the type of person who picks up something I'm interested in, and when I'm moved by it, I immediately go see the other person, and when I went to England to tell him how impressed I was when I came across a collection of works by Sandy Brown, who I later studied under, he graciously accepted. It was given to me.
"You're too big-headed. You're thinking too much. I told you to just shut up and make a cup out of clay. I lived there for two years, making meals and making meals. At a session I invited another artist there, I make 30 cups in a minute, I close my eyes for 3 minutes, I make them anyway. After 2 to 3 days, I spend the last 2 days making 30 cups and spending a lot of time making them. When you do that, your mind, which has been bound by rules and speed, becomes completely free.In the first place, you should have participated in that course in a free state, but you did 30 pieces in 3 minutes. The free skate after that felt completely different. It made me feel like I could do even more."
The interesting thing about pottery is that it is both a sculpture and a visual object. Once I realized that creating something by touching it was also a visual experience, I became completely absorbed in it.
``I can't say that this is the way I make things.Sandy is able to improvise and finish any large mural, whether it's a painting or a sculpture.However, there were times when I realized that it was too fast-paced for me. I started to notice that I would spend two or three days modifying the shape, for example, if I was making a square thing, on the fourth day I would cut it in half and put it back together in a different shape. I realized that changing the wind over a period of a week, two weeks, or a few days would be more in tune with the rhythm.If you persist with the same thing, there will be instant reversals.Until the sixth day. Even if you make a perfect circle and on the seventh day you get angry and break it into separate circles, the first six days of the circle are inevitable.''
Of course, it's not made to be destroyed. Kadohashi asks that it is difficult to put into words the urge to destroy, and that the inexpressible contradictions and sense of discomfort are the starting point for creative motivation.
``The feeling of not being able to convey something is a feeling that is common to others.You may also have that feeling, but you may also feel like you are wondering why you are feeling irritated. I think it's dangerous to put things into words.By putting them into words here, you may feel drawn to creating things from tomorrow.If you define your life, it will be completely different in 10 days. Your freedom to think and think will be reduced."
For example, when fishing for moray eels, the frustration of having your net ripped off may be reflected in your actions. It can only be completed if you accept the natural course of things and face them subconsciously and intuitively with a sincere heart.
``When I was participating in Sandy's course as an assistant, I had a cute girl that I liked, and I became very conscious of it.When I suddenly made it, I thought, ``I was consciously trying to get her attention, and I was thinking about all the good things I've been up until now.'' "You made something in three minutes, right?" that was the culmination of all of this.''I feel like what Sandy creates comes from a place that doesn't have these evil thoughts.I can't put this into words either. I don't know if it's true or not, but I feel like it has something to do with the way I felt attracted to her work, and the fact that I made it with the image of a beautiful girl in mind and that was revealed.'' .
Living near the sea is not only because the environment is similar to when I lived in England. There are times when I accept people as they are, even if their origins are unknown or they don't have a resume, and there are times when I coldly push them away. The existence of the ocean, where everyone is equal, is said to have the feeling of being like a mother and father. He lives his life with the words of a dear friend who taught him how to fish: ``Live your life while being influenced by your environment and climate.'' This kind of seamless transition is probably Mr. Kadohashi's transition.
"Harvesting of habanori begins in December. They grow on rocky areas when the tide goes out. In winter, the tide goes out at night, so I put a flashlight on my head. At night, you can't see the waves at all. It's really dangerous because you could get kidnapped. But you know, it's like gambling, and it's no longer fun. And I can't explain this either."
In his workshop at the back of his home, more than 20 types of soil are lined up from various sources. In my works, I sometimes destroy and incorporate improvised works from the British era, and I also mix in clay collected from places I visit. I start with the idea of making something like a cylinder, then after a few days I try to break it down or try something else.
``There's never a moment when I feel like I've made it. There's an exhibition, or I'm told to make it by a certain date, and I don't have the time, money, or soil to bake it again, and I think, ``That's enough.'' "This is it. It can be remade forever. The Earth actually exists like that. It goes under the magma and continues to circulate forever."
His favorite spot is the slide at Octopus Park on the nearby coast. ``It seems that the old man around here has been there since he was a child.This is also a coincidence, or rather, the shape was originally intended, but it is completely impossible to predict when it will break down.'' You can catch spiny lobster with a bamboo pole in the rocky areas. Abalone, seaweed, and hijiki. Fascinated by catching and eating the food of the moment, the life he has risked to receive becomes energy, and the impulse that comes from within melts into the soil. The mind, which is in tune with the growth of nature, warns against the words that control the world.
``I wanted to refer to a concept that was created at some point in time.It was supposed to be important to the law, but before I knew it, I had started using it in ways that applied to my own projects and way of life.When concepts are thrown at me, I'm already getting stiff.And I try to be cool. Things like going out to catch moray eels, or going out to catch abalone with my senior Ama divers, aren't they easy to understand? I don't really understand the idea of "regulating" thoughts, emotions, and actions.I have no choice but to intuitively do things like making things with soil or going out to hunt for food. Or rather, I feel like I'm being dragged along by it, and I can't even figure out why I'm going to such a harsh sea, so I feel like I'm just living my life day by day.''
An artist who is inspired by emotion and music and creates a wide range of products, from everyday items such as teacups and plates to vases and objects. While making pottery in Boso, Chiba, he also works as a fisherman.