TANI Q 谷穹 Japanese, b. 1977

From his childhood, Tani Q has studied the ceramic tradition he inherited from his paternal family. During the course of his study, he became interested in Old-Shigaraki ware, and started excavation of old kilns to collect examples of the style. His discerning eyes and knowledge led him to establish Anagama-kiln in 2007, where he uniquely presents Shigaraki clay to us. His clay surface is sensitive and gentle as if they are pencil drawings, wood ash kisses objects as they catch lights on surfaces.


Shigaraki ware traces back its origin in Tempyo-era, when the Emperor Shomu built Shigaraki Palace, roof tiles and earthenware pipes were fired for its construction. Later, in the Kamakura period, various functional pieces such as jars and water containers were started to be fired for everyday use. When the tea ceremony came in fashion after the Muromachi period, tea wares were developed according to the tea people’s taste. There are styles named after some tea masters such as Jo-o Shigaraki, Rikyu Shigaraki, Sotan Shigaraki, Enshu Shigaraki. Diverse objects for daily use such as tea caddies, small jars, tea bowls, hand-warmer pots, and large jars were produced. As one of Japan's Six Ancient kilns, the tradition of beauty has been polished and succeeded throughout history until today.