The introduction of the Artist vol.19 Ms. Akiko Miya

The famous Tsumami-zaiku master craftsperson will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.


Under the supervision of my grandmother, who taught me how to make tsumami-zaiku, I started making them at the age of six.

At the age of 15, I became an apprentice to a craftsman, and at the age of 21, I became independent as a subcontractor of my master, and when my master passed away, I became fully independent at the age of 26.
I have been working as a craftsman for 21 years this year.

Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)

Because my grandmother was a teacher of Tsumami zaiku.

Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?

Never cut back. It’s all about satisfying the customer and making them look beautiful.

I’m not an artist, so I’ve always put the customer’s preference before my own self as a craftsperson.

Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?

It is gorgeous and fragile, like fireworks in midsummer.

Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?

I am happy every day just doing Tsumami-zaiku, so I haven’t really thought about the possibilities for the future.

I’m afraid I can’t give a good answer because I haven’t thought about it, but I think I’d rather just work diligently on my production and lessons every day than think about the future.

I believe that the art of fine craftsmanship itself will be passed down to the next generation, just as it has been throughout history, in and out of style.

Q5. What do you want to make in the future?

I make a classification of my work as something I create as I wish, and my products as commercial pieces. At the present time, I am only making products and do not have the time to spend on making artworks.

I have more than 2,000 designs saved as electronic records that I plan to make someday. When I have more time, I would like to start making them all over again.

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