Makoto Hatori, a ceramic artist who trained as a Japanese traditional potter but expresses his own philosophy into new, contemporary creations.
An awareness of the external is the result of reciprocal interaction with a stimulating other, an uncertain element that is unsure of the completed form. The non-object-like object, the "as it is,” is born from an ephemeral subject that coexists with and reaches far into the uncondensed external world. Aggressively capturing the unmade, the undefined, synchronizing with the other and becoming a continuously transforming body is an aesthetic expression that demonstrates a lively physicality.
A characteristic of Japan is its historic nature of being unable to have something orthodox of its own. They have a cultural inferiority complex, a weakness that comes from lack of ideology. The flip side or rereading of this absence of an orthodox derives a pretense that tends to symbolize the heterogeneous and flows into the traditional arts of Japan, i.e., the spirit of Wabi tea. The essence of this tendency to indulge in the vague, to not be able to transform, the repetition of the pretense and introspection, is the aesthetic. This pursuit relativizes the time continuum, receiving this world and the afterlife― "as it is." The aesthetic or values of this vague diversity, a result of contemplative introspection, is an "aesthetic of the weak (or vulnerable)," used to survive the world in which we live. It urges the freeing of oneself from the world of self-contained works, which merely represent, to recognizing a liberated state through defying autonomy.