Meet the Maker

Short and wiry but with a glint in his eyes, after getting through his initial reserve, Maeda san is really fun to work with. Swallows constantly flit in and out of his workshop where they build their nests to try and escape the snakes. He also shares the workshop with his son who creates monolithic patterned sculptual pieces.

As a young man, Maeda san worked in Tokyo before returning to his hometown, so he holds out hope of more young Japanese returning to the countryside after tiring of the city and slowing the rural population decline. His tableware work ranges from rich and dark tenmoku glazes such as that seen on the Tenmoku Yu Kaki bowl to the light and serene Warabai glaze on the Shirogesho bowl.

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