After studying under Bizen master Izuru Yamamoto, Abe went independent in his late 20’s, and now makes pottery in the quiet mountains of Ueda, Nagano Prefecture.
The surface of the clay is scraped away to form Shinogi ridges, carved line by line. Beautiful patterns that stand out from the surface are made by a technique called Yokoku relief. The patterns are first carved into the mold, then applied by pressing tableware that has been shaped on a potter’s wheel. His reliefs are known for being particularly detailed and intricate.
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