Shigaraki-Yaki Ceramic Artist

Kyuubei Sagara hails from the Shigaraki region, an area famous for it’s ceramic ware. He comes from a family of ceramic artists, his father being a noted artist. He took over his father’s store selling local wares, and started his own studio/work shop and charcoal fired ‘Kayano’ kiln.

He produces his own unique take on the traditional Shigaraki-yaki style. His philosophy is to make ceramic wares that are functional as much as beautiful.

Many peers choose form and finish over practicality, but he always keeps the end user in mind when crafting. That makes for pieces that sit comfortably in the hand, and can be used on a daily basis.

Shigaraki ware is made with sandy clay from close-by Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, which gives it it’s distinctive warm orange colour.

It features a natural aesthetic and irregular contours, as well as beautiful glazes that are often transparent and glass like, with bluish and greenish colourings.

Sagara San only fires his kiln around 3 or 4 times a year, so we are always excited to offer his beautiful work on the occasions it becomes available.

His current available pieces are featured below: