Okada Kiln Yamaguchi prefecture, Chugoku
Okada Kiln was built in Edo period and it has been carried on for over 200 years. It is the place of five minutes’ drive from the Higashihagi station, JR Sanin Line. There is Hagi Reverberatory furnace which is designated as a national historic site near the kiln. The eighth generation potter OKADA, Yuh manages the kiln with his son Yasushi together. Ceramics are fired in the climbing kiln which was also used by the first generation potter, and beautiful kiln mutation effect is appeared unexpectedly. Artworks are placed such as mainly tea utensils, tableware, vases, jars, bowls, gulps in the exhibition room. They develop a brand new filed, creating the unique shape for usual tea utensils, like tea bowls, fresh water jar. All staffs do radio exercise at 8:00 am. Yuh has spread out the expression range of Hagi Ware with the technique of Ensai (using various shaped paper and spraying engobe). Yasushi makes soft tone of the glaze which reminds us of clear translucent color like the Japan Sea with the series of Tanseiyu. Soft and profound texture give us the gentle space where we can escape from the noise of urban life.
Address : 1-ku, Maeobata, Chinto, Hagi-shi, Yamaguchi 758-0011 Japan
Visiting hours : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. closed on Sunday
He is the Yamaguchi Prefecture Intangible Cultural Assets holder, as well as the eighth potter of the Okada Kiln. He is one of the prominent artists of Hagi ware.
He is the artist who will represent the next-generation in Hagi Ware. He is the successor to the Okada Kiln and the gentle color of his original "Tanseiyu" has high reputation.