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Toshiyuki Sakai

Toshiyuki Sakai uses a special combination of glazing and traditional wood firing to create his pieces, the exact method of which is a fiercely guarded family secret. Sakai's father was also a Kasama potter, passing on his talents and techniques to his son, who has adapted the traditional throwing style with his own flair. The special 'anagama' kiln gives Sakai's work a certain rustic flavour which can only be attained through this relatively unpredictable method of firing.


1976    Born in Kasama, Ibaragi
1998    Graduated from Ibaragi Prefecture Kiln-work Training and Research Centre
2000    Set up own kiln in Kasama
2008    Built 'anagama' kiln and started using traditional wood firing technique

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