Returning to Sankian as the 3rd generation successorAt 80 years old, this is the oldest kiln in Kitahata. The kiln name Sankian is derived from a Buddhist sutra, and was named by Mr. Tominaga's grandfather the kiln founder. Mr. Tominaga is the 3rd generation in his family's pottery lineage. He attended university in Fukuoka, but returned home at the age of 20 when his father became suddenly ill. He observed his grandfather carefully, learning his pottery techniques, and after his father's recovery they began working together.
Taking pride in Kitahata through his workMr. Tominaga doesn't speak much about the technical aspects of pottery, but he is known for his larger coil and paddle work. His work can be found for sale at the Kishidake Furusato Yakata, and at the Furusato Kaikan Arupino.