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Tomoki Miyazaki is the owner of the Matshushiro-Yaki kiln Amakazari-koubou. His workshop lies in the mountains of Matsushiro, Nagano. Carrying on the more than 200 year old tradition of Matsushiro-yaki, Mr. Miyazaki mastered the use of various glazes, which combined with the dark clay is the main feature of this style. The clay, retrieved from the surrounding mountains is rich in iron which can be seen in the reddish brown color of the material. The natural glazes are made of compositions of different ashes and metals such as copper for the green. The white glaze is made with the ashes of burned straw, which will turn into blue when reacting with the iron of the clay in the right composition.