What training did you have to become a ceramicist?
Asahiyaki ceramics has been in my family for over 400 years, I am the 16th Asahiyaki kiln master. Before following the ancestral path to become an Asahiyaki ceramicist, I left Kyoto for a job unrelated to the family business. That detour only served to deepen my love for pottery.
What specialist skills have you acquired?
Techniques are as wide ranging as digging the clay, using a potter's wheel, making the glaze and firing the kiln. Firing in a climbing kiln or a wood-fired kiln is a skill that requires a lot of experience, and the knowledge that we cultivated over generations.
What kind of materials do you prefer to use?
My work is made with Uji soil passed down by my ancestors, aged for more than 50 years. This understanding of my roots allows me to try out drastic innovations to carry on the tradition. We always experiment with new materials, as spices, but only continue to use them if they fit our style.
What do you consider the essential properties of a tea bowl?
I believe craft will maximise the expression of humanity, connect people and enrich lives. For me, a good tea bowl is one that has the depth and capacity to hold people’s thoughts and feelings. Such a vessel will be cherished for a long time and be passed down from generation to generation and continue to enrich people's hearts.