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Sadaaki Kido Shino Pottery

Sadaaki Kido has been specialising in this Shino Pottery for more than 30 years. He travels to the Gifu prefecture to get the clay he uses in his work and then makes each piece by hand. Once the bowls, cups and vases are made, they are left to dry and then loaded into one of his fire kilns and they are ignited. 

The kiln needs to remain at temperatures over 1000C for at least 10 days. To ensure it doesn’t drop, they are taken in 8 hour shifts (overnight and all). It’s a slow system, one that takes patience and dedication. After 10 days of this, it’s often repeated all over again, depending on the finish and glaze of the ceramic pieces. The result is a unique crackling glaze, full of intricate pockets, colours and textures. This style of pottery is like nothing we have seen and the technique is incredibly rare and beautiful.