A man who believes he would not be alive today if it was not for discovering pottery.

Known as the "Bear," Kuroemon Kumano flaunts his power by firing his kiln hotter than any other potter in Echizen. Kumano was initially a painter and began studying pottery in the studio of Fujita Juroemon VIII. In his eighth year of study, Kumano contemplated setting up his own studio, but his dedication to helping his mentor Fujita won out. He...