Wild white hair and colourful shirts, Gotou san is the Japanese ideal of the eccentric craftsman. His kiln was built on the site of many other ancient kilns in the famous pottery area of Echizen - kicking up the soil behind his back door reveals fragments of ancient pottery.
According to the literature, traditional Echizen earthenware was predominantly items for everyday use, but Gotou san dismisses that conclusion in his typical manner. He believes it was mostly roof tiles and other more primitive shapes. Whether it is true or not, it is always fun to hear his opinions, usually delivered with a twinkle in his eye.