Tsugaru Ujo-yaki

guiness world record

The World’s Longest Climbing Kiln

The world’s first 103 meter-long climbing kiln, completed in 2019
by Mr. Imai himself.

natural and authentic ancient method

Based in Kuroishi, Aomori Prefecture, Tsugaru Ujo-yaki creates hand thrown pottery through ancient traditional methods. Free from glaze chemicals, these rustic vessels boast a unique glaze that forms naturally during the wood-firing process. Enjoy a natural beauty that complements both rustic and modern interiors.


Colored by nature

Red pine ash falls and melts onto vessels like snow, bringing a unique natural glaze to life.

今井 理桂

Rikei Imai

Founder of Tsugaru Ujo-yaki, this passionate potter has made it his life's work to create timeless vessels that can compete with those from the Heian and Kamakura periods that inspire him. Determined to create his works by hand without relying on molds, Rikei Imai also hand-crafts his pottery tools and kilns, resulting in truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art.