Persimmon is ripe in Ryuta-gama

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November, 2007

Autumn in Ryuta-gama
A place of Father and Son potters

Between autumn and winter, November is a beautiful season. Crisp air, clear water and a high heaven.
This month I would like to show you Autumn in Ryuta-gama, the kiln of the renowned potter Takashi Nakazato and his son Taki Nakazato. Takashi-sensei is now so busy, making and showing pots in many places all over the world. So Taki sits in the center of the kiln, now 42 years old, with a decent wife and cheerful three boys, some staff and a dog.
I have often mentioned Takashi-sensei in my web pages, so this time I will introduce Taki, who has already been highly esteemed in Japan.
I hope you will enjoy meeting him.

Taki's working desk in the studio

Stove and kettles

Bench on which Taki takes a nap

The round thing is a wheel.
By kicking with his foot, he makes
the round table turn,
on which he shapes the clay.

The show room beyond a brook

Persimmons are waiting for the coffee break

Entrance to Ryuta-gama

Smoke of the firing kiln

This brick kiln Taki made himself last year.

Taki firing kiln. Eldest son Kenta is watching.

Just out of kiln

Shaped, dried in the sun, glazed and fired

Show room

Old dog Toto. As a human age, he is over 100.

Waiting and watching. Imoto, Idou and Taki


Taki's works

Sake bottle, non glazed

Bowl, non-glazed

Bowl, Mishima-type

Bowl, E-garatsu type

Dish, non-glazed

Exhibition in Yoyokaku gallery

Taki, explaining

Taki's vase with flowers

Entrance to Yoyokaku Gallery

Sake bottles and cups


Vase, non glazed

Tea ceremony water container

Vase with flowers

Tea ceremony water container

Riding through the harvested rice fields, up the hill, deep into the mountain, you will see the smoke from the chimney of the kiln. You can even smell the heart-warming smell of burning firewoods. The old dog Toto greets you at the entrance. Then you will hear Taki's laughter just like his father Takashi's.
Here is a traditional scene of pottery kiln. Looking around, you will understand what pottery means in Japanese daily life.
Taki is the 14th generation of a potter family. Generation after generation, Japanese culture goes on.

Thank you for your visit to Ryuta-gama.
I hope you will come back to this page next month.

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