These itamonzara have everything that Naganuma san likes: speckles of wood ash from the noborigama, layers and drips of white glaze, and a characterful rough clay. Originally designed as a long, thin, sushi plate, the bowed, stepped ends and small feet make the sushi seem to float on the plate. Beautiful as a centrepiece, but its long narrow shape menas it suits a variety of situations.
Naganuma san is a force of nature. He has the energy to have a
wood-fired noborigama and anagama - and he fires them regularly by
himself. This is a huge amount of work for one person by itself. He also finds and digs his own clay, makes his own glazes and grows his own rice. No wonder he describes himself as "made of fire and earth". Despite all his skill and technical ability, he still refuses to consider himself an artist - just a potter.