Nobuto Nakaoka's Shinba oven. Nobuto lives honestly with his beliefs and intuitions. Tamba Yaki is one of the six old kiln in Japan, near Imada-cho, in the city of Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture. Nobuto is a fan of "monozukuri" and when he was in high school he heard at some point that he had found a vocation.
At the age of 18, he studied with Tadashi Nishibata, and at the age of 29 he became an independent ceramist.
The style of Nakaoka-san is also expressed in many interesting works such as noteworthy modern chandeliers and vases, and can be admired at the "Lifestyle-Living Yourself-" project proposed by Garden Field, where there are many original ceramic products that they add unique techniques to Tamba Yaki and harmonize with delicate colors blending into everyday life.
With his work you can feel the warmth and the unique charm of the earth.
One of the six old pottery areas in Japan, Tamba is located near Osaka & Kobe, & has more than 50 independent potters in small area. Nakaoka's work has traditional Tamba-yaki with touch of modern taste.
And it is said Tamba have originated in the late Heian until the beginning of the Kamakura period. For over 800 years, the oven has been opened and traditional techniques have been silently inherited without end. A wide range of works has been created, such as "works of art" and "lifeware". Since Nakaoka was an high school student, he had a strong desire to get a job in the manufacturing sector, so after graduating , he was able to meet Tadashi Nishibata. In addition, he was a pottery teacher for two years in the island of St. Vincent as a volunteer abroad.
On his return to Japan, with a little luck, he met a real estate agent to purchase his current oven. With the help of a plasterer, he rebuilt an old straw house that became a gallery that he also used as an old house. Welcomed and helped by the local neighborhood as he had been in charge of the local furnace for 6 years so far, so he was able to enter the area without any particular inconvenience.
He is now a member of the Neighborhood physical education committee and local firefighters and actively participates in many activities as a member of the community.