"Do work that expresses my character" says Nobuyasu Takai, third generation head of Sakuzan, talking as if the studio itself was a human artist.
At Sakuzan, over a hundred different glazes are used on fourteen types of clay and fired in three different methods to produce products of real character and beauty.
These skills have been employed in the hiiro series which have unveiled the 'flame color' of earth exposed to flame, which until now had been hidden behind the glaze.
The beauty of this natural hue is only made possible with the soft clay and matt glaze used at Sakuzan.
After studying at art college, Nobuyasu took over the company founded by his grandfather 43 years prior, vowing to 'create works with a sense of pride'.
After re-naming the company Sakuzan Gama, he proceeded to develop a unique style of pottery, making a name for himself in an area known for OEM.
Work at Sakuzan is still conducted almost exclusively by hand.
Artisans take into account the viscosity of the clay, weather, humidity and atmospheric pressure to create products of consistent quality. Pottery is influenced by nature, from the glaze colors that change day-to-day to kiln and chimney performance that is affected by atmospheric pressure.
Many ceramic studios attempt to shut out these environmental factors with thick walls, however Sakuzan has opted for an open studio with plenty of natural light, creating a space that artisans enjoy working in.
The sunrise color of the hiiro range reflects the proximity of nature to the artisans' work environment.
It is evident from the open, sunny studio that this environment is conducive to such elegant products.
hiiro is made with richly textured clay to create a Japanese feel, and finished with matte glaze. Three color variations conjure images of the sky with white clouds, blue sky and yellow moon.hiiro