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.
By Shun Ono:
Artisan - Shun Ono