Deaf painters enjoy working in the pottery of seven generations in Saga Prefecture

The Deaf persons have been hired as a painter at the traditional pottery that has lasted for seven generations in Imari City, Saga Prefecture in the southern island of Japan.

President Ogasawara says, "The persons with disability are resourceful if there is a place where they make their ability use fully". Even the hearing colleagues are making arrangements with the Deaf counterparts in simple sign language.

The painters with disability have been hired since 40 years ago when Ogasawara started to hire a young man who lost his arm due to the accident. There were six Deaf workers at most in the past.

Morooka (48), an old expert of 30 years, lost hearing at the age of two. He makes a rough drawing at a dash in the jar of the unglazed pottery. Maeta (39), born Deaf, works on coloring as his specialty.

Ogasawara communicates with them in sign language. He says, "If people learn sign language a little, it will make Deaf persons a contributing member of the society. Everyone is trained many times, and disability is not a matter".

Maeta says with a smile, "I am very happy to work here because I like it. I enjoy myself every day".

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