"Before my father's time, Tanba potters saw themselves as craftsmen producing utility wares. My father's generation was the first who viewed themselves as artists rather than craftsmen. Since then, a number of Tanba potters became innovators. There have been two distinct lines of development. One line elevates function-based traditional Tanba pottery to a very high level of artistry.The other line completely breaks free from traditional Tanba wares to explore new forms and ideals. I regard myself in the latter category."
So says Shimizu Keiichi, Fourth Generation Tanba potter who seeks to explore abstract and geometric forms while utilizing a traditional method. His heritage of Tanba wares only fortifies his commitment to exploring Modernist form.