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Chitaka Hashimoto Chitaka Hashimoto Lacquer Ware Artist
1972 Born in Tama City, Tokyo Prefecture
1995 Graduated University of Tsukuba School of Art & Design
Engaged in repair of lacquer ware at National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo
Worked as Tutor at Takaoka National College Industrial Molding Department
Worked as Tutor at University of Toyama Art & Culture Department
2006 Became Independent Lacquer Ware Artist
2007 Established Studio in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture
2010 A work for Takahito, Prince Mikasa
Won many awards/contests
Many exhibitions, both independently and in groups, etc.

[ Research Period ]
When I was working as a tutor in universities, I observed ancient lacquer works under a microscope almost daily. Observing the lacquer ware of the past, I could estimate how they were made, create a hypothesis, verify it, and actually try to make them. You could call it a kind of experimental archeology. I always wanted to pursue lacquer ware with methods that suited me. Or more accurately, I was not able to obtain a more traditional earning environment, so I had no choice but to select that method.

At that time there were many things all around me, and if asked why I decided to set my life's course to lacquer ware I wouldn't have an answer. By the time I realized it, I had been drawn toward the gravity of lacquer. My start down the path of lacquer ware was when I graduated university. At that time it felt like I had a long way to go before I could become able to do a real job as an adult.
The one piece of good luck I had was that I had acquired a certain degree of problem solving skills by the time I graduated university. I steadily accumulated theory and practice. I definitely did not pile them up high, but rather tried to stack them diligently from the base like a pyramid.

However, I became too enthusiastic about it, with most of my salary going toward tools, materials, books, ancient art works, etc., and before I knew it went so far that I had even rented a room in place of storage. Thinking of it now I realize that I was blessed with opportunities for research, such as by being involved in the repair of cultural assets and working in university teaching. However, after exactly 10 years of being involved in lacquer ware I left the university to work independently as an artist.

From around that time I started to be aware of the idea that "if the value of your work is not recognized by the market, you cannot really be called a lacquer ware artist in the true sense". I am definitely not an optimistic person, so you could say that the fact that I arrived at this way of thinking was itself a kind of sprouting of confidence within me.

[ After Becoming Independent ]
My start as an artist was with a small rented house. It was cozy, but it was also relaxing for my mind and every day I spent there was very calming. This is where I took the first "vacation" for my mind. When not working I went to learn woodworking and metalwork, and when I had time I would stop by the library and read books at the cafe.

I met many different people and learned many different values. Regarding lacquer ware, by that time I had already developed a clear concept for my works as well as acquiring a degree of knowledge and skill, so I took each of those and carefully put them into my works. There were also difficult times, but I only thought about realizing the beautiful things I had crafted in my mind and never compromised. It was very down to earth work, and every time I completed a work I felt that I had surely progressed forward. And each time I sold a work I upgraded my working environment little by little before going on coolly to the next work.

Looking back now, 10 years have passed since then and before I knew it I had created a family and had my own studio. Of course I am still in the middle of my path, but I have already had the opportunity to make a great number of works up to this point. I will never forget my feelings of gratitude to those who have supported me. The only thing I can do to the repay them is to simply create quality works. I intend to continue going forward with propriety.

I think it was very lucky for me to be able have the opportunity to release my works through the Internet. I am very grateful to all those involved.

March 2015

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