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