Haikaburi Vase


It is common for pieces to fall or be damaged in a wood-fired noborigama kiln, but rather than be disheartened, the Takatori family recognised the burnt and scarred beauty of these survivors. They have now perfected the technique of purposefully knocking pieces over into the ash on the floor of the kiln without smashing them, at the risk of cracked glasses and singed hair. These 'haikaburi' or 'ash-wearing' pieces have an elemental beauty all of their own.