The "flame color" (hiiro) along the border between the glaze and the clay is a natural phenomenon created during the firing process: it results from the interaction between earth, air and fire.
Typically, the glaze is applied over all visible surfaces of the pottery, hiding the flame color on the underside of the pot. By stopping the glaze along a visible line on the pottery, we can use this beautiful color as a motif.
Using white clay and white glaze enhances the vivid beauty of the red flame color, evoking the horizon line at dawn, separating the earth and sky.
After graduating from Musashino Art University in 1997, he remained at the university as a research associate until taking the helm at KAICHI DESIGN in 2004.
His work is focused on allowing everyone involved to be able to live vibrantly thanks to designs from thinkers, creators, promoters, and users.
Major works include branding for DENSHIRO, HIKIYOSE, LIVING TALK and ISUTOKU, product design for KOTORI (h concept) and SYUKI-DARUMA (sghr), and interior design for EDITORY.
Accolades include: Good Design Award (2004, ’11, ’13, ’14, ’16), Red Dot Design Award (2010), Design for Asia Award (Hong Kong, 2012), award for excellence at Tokyo Business Design Award 2013.
Past exhibits include: A Dream Come True (Milan, 2007), Product Design Today: Creating “Made in Japan” (The National Museum of Modern Art), among numerous others.