Ken Komatsu (歴史)

Komatsu began an apprenticeship in Hagi in 1981. He became independent in 1989 when he built his own kiln and opened his Furaibo pottery. Two years later he built a climbing kiln in Fukui. Komatsu teabowl is a typical product of Hagi and Ken also create the traditional  cut foot ring "wari kodai" . Hagi wares are the most prized of tea wares in Japan but due to the porosity of the clay and the traditional cracks of the glaze they leak and their rough foot ring can cause havoc with polished or lacquered surfaces. Hagi ware originally consists of a mixture of two raw materials: Daido clay and Mishima clay. During its firing process it change magnetic properties of the iron oxidem, and inside it happen a transformation  that can contribute to the change from soft magnetism to hard magnetism. and glaze create unexpected  results.


Ken Komatsu is famous for his Warikodai Foot named Inochi no kaika (Bloom of Life), have "floral crown" foot

The foot of this tea bowl resembles a flower with four heart-shaped petals. It is a unique design developed by Miwa Jusetsu (Kyūsetsu XI, 1910-2012) created by further expanding on the revival Momoyama-style cut base. In this sense, the 400 year Hagi ware tradition has cultivated the boldness to engage in revolutionary creativity.

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