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The “Tsuchigama” Project

 The “Tsuchigama” Project

The project dates back to 1989 when Hirakawa began to conscientiously restore medieval Bizen kilns. In 2002, the first Tsuchigama was recreated and in 2010 the second model was built jointly with the Bizen City Education Commttee. Repeated experiments proved that characteristics of the kilns are as superb as state of the art kilns. The quarter of a century effort brought forth a number of new findings as well.

Over time Bizen kilns evolved in form and selection of material used, but great deal of information on the original kilns were lost. Technique and know how became things of the past.DSC_0509

After careful study of old kilns excavated in Bizen hills and pursuing experiments with restored technique, it became clear that those medieval kilns were not just simple old kilns but were of highly efficient in design.

The project is for Tadashi Hirakawa to revive the fundamental wisdom of the past and pass it on to the future.

Tadashi Hirakawa pottery