Inspired by the work of a master.Chinzeigama is the newest kiln in the Karatsu area. The owner, Yasunaga Raizan was born in Shimane prefecture, but came to Karatsu after being smitten by its ceramics. Before then, he was normal office worker with an appreciation of art, particularly early Karatsu ware. At one particular exhibition, he was struck by the work of Tanaka Sajiro, and decided to become a potter himself.
Expressing the Karatsu tradition in modern terms.Mr. Yasunaga's work is strongly reminiscent of early Karatsu ceramics. He uses Kishidake clay, forms his work on a kickwheel, and fires in a climbing kiln just as potters from 400 years ago in his effort to reproduce the atmosphere of Old Karatsu ware in his own work.