第34回 ふてにゃんってなんでしょう?[English below]

更新日:10月23日

[English below]

実は犬派の私ですが

ふてくされた猫、ふてぶてしい猫、つまりふてにゃんを作っております…私の造語ですが。


イベント木工作家の私が何でこんなものを作っているのかには、実は深~い訳があります。


木工作家ぽっぽじいじの悲話を少しお話させていただきます。


世の中には数百円ほどの商品価格でイベントに進出してくるアクセサリー作家さんは、星の数ほどお出でます


木工製品は高いとのイメージがありまして、実際高いのですが


イベントに搬入した商品をそのまま引き上げるのはザラです

売上ゼロで帰る虚しさと、しんどさを現在も味わっております。


そこで、ぽっぽじいじは考えました

木工品は売れなくても代わりに手軽な値段でお求めいただけるものはないか?


特に粘土に趣味があったわけではありませんが

ヨシ‼ねこを作ろ~? なんで犬ではないのでしょ~か

ねこには、犬にはない多様な表情があるように思います。


これがふてにゃんの始まりです。


グーグル画像を参考にスタートは石粉粘土でスタートです

平面画像から想像して立体ねこにするのは、中々むつかしいものです。


この後ふてにゃんの変遷を少しだけ画像投稿させていただきます。


初期のつたない作品です

タイトル:反省だけなら猫にもできる/その実無反省


Picture 1: If you only want to reflect, even a cat can do that (and you see, actually (s)he is only pretending to do that. Don't you hear it say "I know,I know"?)


中盤になりますとオーブン陶土といいまして、粘土と同じに成形後、家庭のオーブンで焼くつまり簡易の陶器です

このころは実像にこだわって作った時期です


Picture 2: A Cat made of oven bake clay

変遷の過程では、寄り道も沢山しております。

犬、シロクマ、鳥、魚、仏像などなど思いつくまま、多岐にわたります

その一つ縄文のビーナスです(失敗作ですが)


Picture 3: The Statue of Venus, imitating the one in the ancient times called "Jomon" period

最近は非常に扱いやすい素焼き調粘土を使うことが多くなっています。

ダイソーですが

直近の作品は反省猫再び登場です


Picture 4: My latest "Fute-nyan" (the latest version of "If you want to reflect..."of Picture 1 above!)

1枚目の写真と比べていかがでしょう


最近はふてにゃん目当てに来てくれる方も増えてきました、すでに200匹くらいは作ったかな?


木工雑貨に続く柱になってきました。


めでたしめでたし


Message of the Week

Hi there, I'm Harumi Hoshika, a.k.a. Poppo Jiiji, the creator of Handmade Studio also named Poppo Jiiji.


Well, I am a dog person, but I love making cats with clay; I call them "Fute-nyan": "Fute" is a shortened form of the Japanese adjective "Futebuteshi-i" or "Futekusare-ta" (perfect tense of the verb "Futekusare-ru") and "-nyan" stands for Cats mimicking the sound of their meowing, of course. So, as you see, the name "Fute-nyan" roughly means bold, hubris and eccentric cats who always enjoy their own carefree life.


Some of you who know that I am a woodworker may wonder why I am making such things with clay. There is a very sad reason for that. Let me tell you this story today.


At our handmade events, numerous creators sell their handmade jewellery at very reasonable prices such as several hundred yen (about 5 US dollars) or so. Compared with their crafts, our woodworking products look rather expensive and actually they are expensive, so it's not unusual at all that I participate the event and come home with zero sales. It's indeed heart-breaking to close my booth by putting ALL of my unsold merchandise back into the box.


So I pondered the way to get out of such a very sad situation. Is there anything that I can offer to my customers at reasonable prices? Then I got an idea of creating cats with clay though I did not very much care for clay working so far. Why cats rather than dogs? Simply because I think cats show us many curious expressions that dogs do not have. That's how my eccentric "Fute-nyan" cats were born.


I started from googling the cat pictures and images and making statues of cats with stone powder clay. Soon I found it rather difficult to create solid figures of cats out of flat images.


Let us check the evolution of my "Fute-nyan" by following the pictures in chronological order!


Please have a look at Picture 1 above: this is one of my first "Fute-nyan" figures, which had still much to be developed.


Title: If you only want to reflect, even a cat can do that (and you see, actually (s)he is only pretending to do that. Don't you hear it say "I know,I know"?)


Then check Picture 2: Through a range of trials and errors, I started to use oven bake clay (i.e., polymer clay). After modelling the figures, you can just put it in the oven at home. It's a kind of simple pottery. I was trying to make my cat figures in a rather real way in those days.


In the process of doing this and that to develop my skills to create "Fute-nyan" figures, I tried making some other creatures like dogs, polar bears, birds, fish and so on...even Buddha statues. Picture 3 is the statue of Venus, imitating the one in the ancient times called "Jomon" period (not successful at all, I should say)


Recently I am using unglazed clay, which I find very easy to handle (and reasonable to purchase, too. Actually we can buy it at 100-yen shop). Picture 4 is my latest "Fute-nyan". The title is, again, "If you only want to reflect, even a cat can do that". Please compare Picture 4 with Picture 1. How do you think? Don't you think it's a lot better?


To my great pleasure, many customers pop in my booth in order to find their favorite "Fute-nyan" figures. I guess I have already made almost 200 statues of such bold, hubris and eccentric cats.


Along with my woodworks, "Fute-nyan" figures are the featured products at my booth now. Happy, happy, happy!

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