Dai Shikai was born in Kitakyushu City, in the prefecture of Fukuoka. He was a young engineer for a Japanese car manufacturer before converting into a ceramist. He learned alongside Master Minoru SUZUKI. He works in Mashiko (Tochigi) in a small house surrounded by fields and rice paddies. His ceramics are cooked over a wood fire in the climbing kiln. The cooking time is 2-4 days. The finishes are varied, it is the fruit of the natural reaction of chance and its experimentations of the different techniques. He usually works on tableware such as plates and bowls with collected clay.
MATERIALS : Sandstone Collected from the shore of Ibaraki Sea (north of Tokyo)
TECHNIQUE : Wheel, wood firing
GLAZE : From personal research, Kohiki enamel (Kaoli + clear glaze)
COLOUR : Shiny crackled light grey, slightly bluish
DIMENSIONS : Ø 12.5cm, height 7cm, 190 ml
USES AND MAINTENANCE:
Dishwasher: No, not recommended
NOTE: Like any handcrafted product, these pieces may have slight variations in shape, color and thickness.