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The presence of handmade ceramics in
At the ceramic cultural center I met with the Resident Director, and saw their museums, studio, and collection of wood kilns. It is an amazing place with a beautiful facility, and a long list of outstanding Resident Artists from around the world. I headed into town to ogle the pots in the numerous shops where I found every style of Japanese pottery imaginable. The most prized are those made from the local clay, high in feldspar, and fired in local naboragama and anagama kilns.
I wandered into a shop where a nearly 90 year old woman sat talking to a man my age. I spent a long time looking and feeling the work around me. After some deliberation I decided on a small shigaraki Yanomi by Yamaguci. The two noticed the tea bowl and me that cultivated a conversation. The younger man was Takehito Kobayashi, the owner of Wad, a ceramic, tea, and art gallery in