A native of the centuries-old ceramic region of Tachikui celebrated for producing Tanba pottery, Nishihata Tadashi comes from a long line of distinguished Japanese ceramic artists. His work reflects his mastery of these ancient techniques as well as his keen sense of refined modern aesthetics, making him one of the masters of Tanba ware. Nishihata as the leading artist in this area long-celebrated for its ceramics, has brought new energy and a spirit of modernity and attention to this hidden spot between Osaka and Kyoto. Firing in a large climbing kiln, his uniquely thick ash glazes cascade into a waterfall of melting colors. The diagonally faceted surfaces on his rounded triangular vessels provide the ideal form for the traditionally fired unctuous glazes.