TSUCHINOKOGAMA (皆川仁史 土)

Hitoshi Minagawa (窯 皆川)
Hitoshi Minagawa (窯 皆川)

Master craftsmen "Takashi Minagawa" 皆川隆 was born in Shigaraki 1930 and he studied under Komori Shoan 小森松庵 1901年(明治34)~1989年(平成元) (Momokori Shoten, 1901 (Meiji 34) - 1989 (Heisei Yuan). From Tokyo after graduating in tea ceremony, he gradually started producing ceramics: Shino, Shigaraki, Bizen and others. Beyond that, he also excelled in making potteries so he did presentations mainly on personal shows. The Takashi Minagawa chawan yuo see down-right provide an unique gem taste and its very important the fact he had Komori Shoan as Teacher. Actually Master Minagawa continue to work with Hitoshi at Tsuchinokogama Kiln (皆川 仁史 土の子窯 皆川) . They built an hole kiln on the side of the big climbing one located at Shigaraki Kamiyama in 1967, it was named by "Tea koyaki". Closed to the neighborhood theres a mountain where vipers comes out, and the elderly says that for that reason is so-called "hammer child" or "oakashi" or "Child of the earth". This seems to be a wonderful name for a kiln that kept the rustic Shiga tradition that still bake his potteries with pine wood, so thats why it was named in that way. Currently, the kiln is located in Eda, Shigaraki Town.