National Geographic : 1977 Dec
Master of an antique art, potter Kei Fujiwara pursued his craft with such consummate skill that in 1970 he be came one of a handful of artists and performers to be honored as "human national treasures." He lives and works at Bizen, famed for its distinc tive clay, whose rich tones emerge only upon exposure to great heat. To achieve this, Fujiwara-san stokes his kiln with red pine to a temperature of 1300°C (bottom). Falling ash creates a rough finish and additional colors that cannot be anticipated. After the twelfth and final day of firing, even the master may feel an unexpected pleasure in the beauty of his handi work (below).