The item created in conjunction with CREATION Project 2018 are small Oborisoma-ware plates individually designed by 167 creative artists and fabricated in collaboration with three pottery producers specialized in this type of ceramic ware. Each item was handmade on a potter’s wheel. The fine ceramic wares cool. The cracking is accompanied by a sound resembling the pleasant tinkling of a wind chime.
Also on display, together with the items designed by the 167 creative artists, are plates created by the local children of Namie. They designed the plates in a special workshop held at Namie Sosei Elementary and Junior High school, newly reopened in the town after a lapse of seven years. The workshop was organized to have local children become familiar with Namie’s traditional crafts.
Proceeds from the sale of the items on display will be donated to the “Save the Children” program, to support today’s youngsters who will shoulder the responsibilities of tomorrow, We hope many visitors will participate in this worthy cause by making a purchase.
We especially wish to offer our sincere appreciation to the many creative artists who supported this project with their designs; to the kilns that produced the Oborisoma-ware plates-Ikariya Shoten, Kyogetsu-gama, Matsunaga-gama and Gatch Inc; and to everyone who in any way cooperated in making this exhibition possible.
Since 1990, Recruit has organized an annual charity project aimed at conveying the enjoyment of art and design to many people. Each year works produced on a gratis basis by creative artists associated with Recruit’s two galleries are exhibited and sold, and the proceeds are donated to worthy causes.
In 2009 this program was given the name “CREATION Project.” Between 2011 and 2015 these annual events generated a total of approximately ¥11.34 million in proceeds that were donated to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster. In 2016, proceeds in the amount of ¥1.58 million were donated to aid recovery from the two severe earthquakes that struck the Kumamoto region that year. Since 2017 the regions where the featured items are made have been expanded nationwide, and the aim of the project is now focused on conveying the beauty and appeal of Japanese craftsmanship and related industries through the power of design.
“Oborisoma” is a traditional type of ceramic ware of Namie, a small town in Fukushima Prefecture, that traces its history back as far as the late 17th century. Production of Oborisoma-ware was suspended after Namie was severely impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster of March 2011, but before long the local potters resumed operations at new kilns they established in other areas of the prefecture. Since then they have acquired their clay from Seto, a city in Aichi prefecture, and despite the physical distances now separating the Oborisoma-ware kilns, the potters form Namie continue to collaborate closely. Today, young potters from outside Fukushima Prefecture have also joined in, helping to restore vigor to the area. As a result, thanks to the ties formed between many individuals of many different backgrounds, this prized tradition of Namie continues in Fukushima. a