Simple tiles showing off the variation in clay and glaze that Naganuma san can achieve. The oak ash glaze sometimes has hints of blue or pink, and the woos ash from the firing adds a lovely patina. Used in Japan to serve salads and sushi, we have used them both to put vases on and for appetizers
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.