Yakishime Pitcher No. 05

by Tomoko SAKAI

Tomoko Sakai and husband Michikazu Sakai both fire in wood-burning kilns at their residence in Kagawa Prefecture. Tomoko’s handmade forms oscillate between ornate glazed pieces and classical unglazed Bizen forms.  

This one-of-a-kind vessel is fired using a technique known as Yakishime. This ancient process which dates back to the 4th century is a mainstay in the art of Japanese pottery. Each vase which is made by hand, enters the kiln unglazed, and is fired for 7 days straight (day and night). The kiln's temperature increases over time and gets high as 1,300 degrees celsius. The consequential pigments and surface markings are the result of fire, ash and the drama between heat and earth inside the kiln.

No two forms are the same and dimensions may vary.

Yakishime Pitcher No. 05

by Tomoko SAKAI

Tomoko Sakai and husband Michikazu Sakai both fire in wood-burning kilns at their residence in Kagawa Prefecture. Tomoko’s handmade forms oscillate between ornate glazed pieces and classical unglazed Bizen forms.  

This one-of-a-kind vessel is fired using a technique known as Yakishime. This ancient process which dates back to the 4th century is a mainstay in the art of Japanese pottery. Each vase which is made by hand, enters the kiln unglazed, and is fired for 7 days straight (day and night). The kiln's temperature increases over time and gets high as 1,300 degrees celsius. The consequential pigments and surface markings are the result of fire, ash and the drama between heat and earth inside the kiln.

No two forms are the same and dimensions may vary.

Yakishime Pitcher No. 05

450 USD
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  • Item Dimensions
    D 4.5" x H 7"
  • Country Of Origin
    Japan
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About Tomoko SAKAI

Tomoko studied at Okayama Prefecture Bizen Togei Center, where she met her husband Michikazu in 1994.  Tomoko is attracted to the firing process of pottery making and whenever possible she uses materials which she can find around herself, and that’s why she originally went to study in Bizen. However, Bizen was not her style, and she moved on to studying with Shigeyoshi Morioka in Wakayama Prefecture.  She uses “Touka style” for most glazed works and “ana-gama” for non-glazed works.