My name is Takeshi Yasuda I was born in 1943, and went to Mashiko 1963, and went to England 1973, and this is 2013. I’m 70 this year, I don’t believe it though! I’m still very excited about pottery, the clay
is such a magical material. Your playing with mud! I wanted to discover the nature of porcelain
and I wanted to use that characteristic in my work. After nearly 40 years of stoneware I thought
I can teach myself porcelain and I was really struggling in many ways and then the oportunity
to come to porcelain capital, Jingdezhen. I thought probably I can learn something. I like people to discover use of my pots.
In Japan function doesn’t belong to object, object is object, and user makes function.
Now that’s a very difficult notion for people in the West. That’s the limitation we have
with our attitude to functional ware. When that became clear I realised yeah I can
make cup and saucer but er… I can anything! I don’t need the name I can just make things
and then think how to use?