Ronuki (wax resist) is a technique for creating a pattern by parts painted with melted wax that repels a glaze. Alongside the wax, a bamboo motif painted in blue and the red color of persimmon is here boldly placed in the center of the plate to leave an opulent impression. The contrast between the glittering iron glaze and earthy mat texture of the wax is a highlight.
Born in Takatsu Village (present day Kawasaki City), Kanagawa Prefecture. He studied ceramics at Tokyo Higher Technical School (now Tokyo Institute of Technology), where he met Kanjiro Kawai. In 1920, he went with Bernard Leach to Britain to built climbing kiln and make pottery. After returning to Japan, he promoted the Mingei Movement from his base in Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture.