Soukei Aoyama is an experimental archaeologist who has strived to recreate Muromachi era ceramics for decades. We captured this 15th century kiln reconstruction near completion in the hills of Onada, Tajimi. It’s the first attempt of its kind. In this kiln Aoyama will try to fire the famous Shiro Tenmoku (white tenmoku) bowls, that were treasured by the samurai and medieval high society of Japan. The master re-engineered the production method for the bowls from findings in this area.
Courtesy of The Society for Firing Pottery in the Kokeizan Forest, Kokeizan Choushingama Kiln.
View our MAKING OF YouTube video. Read our article about SHIRO TENMOKU. Learn more about the KUSANOGASHIRAGAMA kiln. View our SHIRO TENMOKU bowl model.