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Let’s Go & Get Kogachi Pottery, One of the Traditional Potteries of Okinawa
post : 2015.10.22 19:00
Kogachi Pottery is one of the traditional potteries of Okinawa along with Kina, Chibana, Wakuta, and Takaraguchi. However, the tradition died out in the early 1800, and it did revive in 1974 by Takaaki Nakasone. He installed 5 climbing kilns and started making his pottery. His daughter, Shino joined him after she graduated from a university 11 years ago. Since then, parents and a daughter have been making their potteries together.
Nakasone says, “I do make what I want to make at that moment, so I’m not sure when I am going to change my current style.” But there is one thing that he never changes since he started his work, which is to make household products, not only traditional ones. “These will be broken and turn back into soil someday,” so he makes them strong and sell them with reasonable prices.
Local people are relying on him because they respect his attitude to work, so he gets many orders from them for wedding gifts or reciprocal gift for birthday celebration (60th, 77th, and older). Since its name, “Kogachi Pottery,” was named after the area where they live, it is a familiar pottery for local people’s lives.
Nakasone uses clay that he got in Nago City. And, the clay has to be similar to the one in Kogachi, and suit to make pottery. Sometimes he adds clay of Central Okinawa or Mainland Japan depending on the one he makes. He uses colors such as milky white, green glaze, cobalt, and deep purple for coloring, and it cannot be seen on the other styles of potteries. He is expanding the new world of Kogachi Pottery which suits to modern lifestyle.
Nakasone family’s housing / studio / gallery is located in a rural area, and you can find it after seeing a rural scene. While the small sound of birds and insects echo in the silence, a beautiful starry sky goes on forever, and you can see fantastic scenery which is veiled in the morning haze in the morning.
Kogachi Pottery makes people feel the dynamism of nature, such as photos of colorful outer space that were taken by a high-performance telescope, or a moment when the edge of the clear blue surf overlapped with beige sand.
I believe that Nakasone family shaped their world view by working in the area with rich nature of Yanbaru (Northern Okinawa).
A variety of potteries including bowls and big pots are exhibited at a gallery near the studio.
Time flies very quickly while gazing at potteries’ beautiful color and good shape which were formed by clay, glaze, and heat.
I hope you will make time for yourself and visit this place.
Kogachi-yaki (Kogachi Pottery) Kamamoto
Address: 916 Gabusoga, Nago City
Business Hours: 9:00-18:00
*Please contact them via phone beforehand in case of irregular holidays.
Okinawa CLIP photo writer Aya Asakura