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Residing in an exquisite compound in the mountains near Toki, the center for Japanese oribe and shino ceramics, Kishimoto Kennin derived his inspiration from these Mino ceramic traditions but has transformed these aesthetics into highly creative Iga ware. His enthusiasm for a variety of aesthetic traditions has provided him with a vast range of techniques typically used for unglazed pottery. From the mid-1990s until recently he has also focused the highly difficult craft of crackle-glaze celadon ware. However, his natural ash Iga contemporary ceramics that have brought him greatest acclaim in Japan, Europe and the US.

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