In a departure from his normal style, Kajiwara san has built a wood-fired kiln and has experimented with a more natural, organic yakishime style. Yakishime means an unglazed ceramic, and the only decoration on these cups is the natural colour of the clay, a bit of slip and the ash from the kiln. After several restaurants took most of them, these are the only ones we have left!
Kajiwara san grew up surrounded by pottery in Tōhō village and has taken up the challenge of how to re-invigorate traditional shapes and decoration. He experimented with different glazes and shapes until he settled on his signature white rice husk ash and brown ameyu glazes which he uses for practical tableware including the versatile Ōhitsu container. His glazes have a real depth of colour and texture which combined with simple shapes and decoration make his work really appealing.