The Artistic Process:
Ono-san first blends 2 types of clay from the Shigaraki region in Shiga Prefecture, an area famous for it’s ceramic ware. He then shapes the clay using a ‘Rokuro’ or potter’s wheel to produce the pot’s form. Then the pots are dried in preparation for the glazing process.
He then glazes with a special mixture that produces his signature ‘Kurogane’ or black iron finish. The glaze is a reddish colour but changes to black after firing in the kiln. He then brushes the surface to slightly smooth out the natural roughness to achieve the texture he desires.