This young artisan is the heir of the 10th family of the village, the Kobukuro family. The Onta-yaki has a particular tradition of being a commun work of the different families. Individualism is set aside. However agility and originality make a difference between them even if they have to follow precise rules about colors and brushstroke patterns.
Ontayaki is the name of the pottery made in the village of Onta in the South of Japan. The specific patterns are the swinging little brushstrokes. Only 10 families live in this village and pass on the know-how from generation to generation since 1705.
Very stricts rules must be followed to preserve this art classified as a national living heritage: the clay coming from the local mountains is made by water-powered pestles along the river that crosses the village. The use of the imposing common kilns is a ceremonial where everyone has a function.
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