We use a multi-chambered climbing kiln and a kerosene kiln to make our wares. It is more difficult to control the temperature of these compared to electric or gas-fueled kilns, but we keep on producing. We believe that the very best and most beautiful of results can only come from using traditional methods. Namako-yu glaze is a traditional and unique glaze. With the glaze, Wahee-gama never stops pursuing our goal of matching our traditional and beautiful pottery to a modern life style.
Akita prefecture is a cold region where it snows almost one third of the year. The soil and the glaze are frozen in wintertime. Living here means we have to share our life with severe nature and making pieces is less efficient. In the depth of winter, we are removed from the outside world. Taking time for creative pursuits gives us pleasure and makes winter pass more quickly. We think that the blue and white color of Namako-yu glaze represents snow and the color of clay represents the color of slushy ground as the snow melts. Shiraiwa-yaki ware expresses the delight of people as they welcome the warmth of springs after the cold of winter.
Our style goes against the trends of modern society where many people value efficiency above anything else. At Wahee-gama we believe that fine works of surpassing beauty can only be created with a great deal of time and effort.