The Chin kiln of Kagoshima has been turning out intricate pottery for more than 400 years. The signature openwork and fine detailing was a sensation at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Now the current, 15th-generation head of the family is on a mission to develop new clay from local volcanic earth to bring out an ultimate whiteness in their Satsuma ware.
The 12th Chin Jukan's signature openwork won "Satsuma Ware" global fame 150 years ago
The 15th Chin Jukan walks local volcanic grounds in search of the ideal white clay
White clay is cast on a pottery wheel, then dried and baked
On top of the off-white glaze, artisans hand paint elaborate designs