Not picky about clay, in the birthplace of Karatsu ware.Operating his kiln now for nearly 40 years, Mr. Nakashima takes a laid back approach to his work. Born to a tile maker in Karatsu, his path to Karatsu ware was natural. After apprenticing with Shinomine Nakazatogama, Inoue Manji, and Eguchi Souzan of Taikousannomarugama, he chose to open his studio in Kitahata, the birthplace of Karatsu ceramics.
Protecting tradition by keeping up with the timesMr. Nakashima preserves traditional methods while making work that keeps up with the times. The methods and techniques of Karatsu have changed since 400 years ago, and Mr. Nakashima believes we must continue to change and adapt to the needs of our times.