The Shiro kiln (Shirogama) is unique among the many traditional Aritayaki kilns. Shinsya" is a technique in which the glaze undergoes a chemical reaction in the kiln to create natural patterns. During the Ming Dynasty, Shinsya was known as a prestigious technique loved by successive emperors, and was described as being as beautiful as a jewel.
Shinsya started out as a red glaze during the Yuan dynasty in China, and by the Qing dynasty it had become the red glaze we see today.
Shinsya is known as one of the most difficult colors to produce in pottery, and a good color can only be produced when the four conditions of glaze mixture, thickness, base clay, and firing method are all in place.
The Shiro kiln skillfully manipulates the kiln change technique to create not only ruby-colored Shinsya, but also blue-green and purple Shinsya Tenmoku and various other kiln changes.
Shiro kiln’s unique Shinsya Tenmoku works are works of art that breathe new life into traditional Aritayaki.
The kiln owner, Mr.Nobuyuki Soejima, is an up-and-coming potter who has been successively selected for the International Pottery Exhibition and continues to challenge the endless world of the beauty of Shinsya.
I was born and raised at the foot of Uchino Sarayama, one of the oldest kilns in Hizen, I was obsessed with the beauty of fire from an early age and decided to make pottery as my life's work.
Turning the potter's wheel, he searched for the world of white porcelain, celadon, and Shinsya, and was fascinated by the mysteriousness of yohen Tenmoku.
The wonderful thing about yohen is that it will continue to change even after careful calculation.
I hope to continue to knead the clay, burn the flame, and create works that I am satisfied with. I sincerely hope that you will give me encouragement and support.
|In 1961||Born in Sarayama, Uchino.|
|In 1985||Awarded the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Prize at the Nagasaki Ceramic Exhibition ("Shinsya chouryumon tsubo").|
|In 1988||Awarded the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the Kyusyu-Yamaguchi Ceramic Exhibition ("Hatou").|
|In 1994||Awarded the Encouragement Prize at the Saga Bikyo Exhibition ("Machi").|
|In 1995||Awarded the Saga Television Prize at the Kyushu-Yamaguchi Ceramic Exhibition ("Zansetsu").|
|1984-2003||Awarded a prize at the Saga Prefectural Exhibition, Kyusyu Yamaguchi Ceramic Exhibition.|
|In 2009||Awarded a prize at the Kyusyu-Yamaguchi Ceramic Exhibition.|
|In 2015||Awarded the Saga Television Prize at the Kyushu-Yamaguchi Ceramic Exhibition ("Shou").
Awarded a prize at Saga Prefectural Exhibition.
Awarded the Saga Bank Cultural Foundation Prize ("chuu").
|In 2016||Awarded a prize at the International Ceramic Exhibition, the Saga Prefectural Exhibition.|
|In 2017||Awarded a prize at the Saga Prefectural Exhibition, Second prize, Chairman of the Saga Prefectural Assembly Prize (Wind of the New Moon).
Awarded a prize at the Saga Prefectural Exhibition ("Hokorobiru").
|In 2018||Awarded the Nishinippon Shimbun Prize, International Ceramic Exhibition, Japan ("Gen").
Awarded a prize at the Saga Prefectural Exhibition ("Silk road").
The Saga Bank Cultural Foundation Prize ("Hatou").
Awarded a prize ("Kouka").
|In 2019||Awarded a prize at the International Ceramics Exhibition ("Shio").|
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