Kinjo Jiro hails from Okinawa and was designated a Living National Treasure in 1985. Born in 1912 in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Kinjo began his career in ceramics at the young age of 13. He was heavily influenced by “Tsuboya-yaki” pottery that originated during the Ryukyu Dynasty. He built his own climbing kiln or Noborigama in Yomitan, the home of Okinawan pottery.
The result are pictorially inclined line work on the surfaces of his functional tea wares that rise in a slight relief from a thick clay slip on the surface of the ceramic, creating a cohesive naturalism that incorporates the hand of the artist.