Akira Kaida
(Kyoto, 1971) has gone through the way of Kyoto masters of traditional craftsmanship - porcelain manufacturing (Kyoyaki, Kiyomizuyaki, Rakuyaki). At present Akira-san works as an individual master of Japanese porcelain.

Method of manufacturing

A soft piece of clay is shaped only with hands on a potter's wheel. In this process the master intentionally gives each cup slight difference and tries to avoid unformity. These raw cups are preliminary baked at a temperature 900 C, then are covered with a glaze, and are finally baked at a temperature 1250 C. The whole of the processes takes a month or two.