After studying as an apprentice for 14 years and then pronouncing his independence and proficiency as a potter, Kyoshi Matsuda founded Kitagama kiln along with four other master potters in the early 1990s. Kitagama is a leader of Okinawan Yachimun production, with a 13-chamber Noborigama kiln that produces thousands of handmade, daily-use tableware items each year. Noborigama is a traditional wood-fired climbing kiln with successive chambers built up a slope, each one heating the next. Kitagama is only fired five times per year.
When asked about his work and the ethos behind his pottery Matsuda says: “I wear simple flip-flops on bare feet and work close to the soil. I dig Okinawan soil, knead it, throw it on a kick wheel, fire it in a Noborigama kiln, and turn it into a dish. Knowing that someone is using my dish to eat from, which is the source of life, I do not ask for anything more.” Matsuda believes that his pottery helps bring food into the user’s body, which eventually is the source of their life. This is the human communication, between potter and user, that makes the ceramic into a living vessel.
Okinawan white clay, which is used as an under layer before painting, has been praised for its thick character and warm white color. It is also known and recognized for its endurance, as it doesn’t get burned out or turn in the kiln.
- Each cup is handmade and one of a kind - Dimensions - KMY-105A: 3.25" across x 3.25" tall - Dimensions - KMY-105B: 3.5" across x 3.5" tall