Sozangama 宗山窯 With Echizen-yaki, Katsuyuki Sokura aims to continue to create pieces that surprise and give pleasure to people, in addition to creating works with combined influences rather than simply pure Echizen-yaki.
Echizen Yaki wares developed in the 12th Century - 1192 A.D..
The original Echizen ware is unique as it does not use a glazing process. The surrounding soil material used to make the pieces have a very high iron content and the coloring is dark after baking - generally a blackish or brownish red.
Modern artists have introduced a coating of glass/glaze to the ware to enhance it's appeal. Echizen ware is considered historical and is an intergral part of the "Six Old Kilns:" Shigaraki(Shigaraki ware), Tamba, Bizen, Tokaname, Echizen, and Seto.