Yakishime Vase No. 11
BY Michikazu Sakai
Studying at Okayama Prefecture Bizen Ceramic Center, Michikazu Sakai became fascinated with primeval techniques of firing earth. After meeting his wife Tomoko, the two set out to establish their own modern take on ancient ceramic practices.
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.