Masakazu Kusakabe Profile
1946 Born in Miharu town Fukushima prefecture.
1970 Built a wood kiln and started Rakuyaki.
1971 built a small wood kiln to study Honyaki( high temperature
ceramics) and tried Hagiyaki, Kiseto, Shino, etc.
1975 Studied designs to construct an Anagram (a style of kiln)
and made trials for better firing.
1977 Constructed Jagama(snake kiln) in Namie, Fukushima.
1983 Built an Anagama in Ono Town, Japan.
1985 Acquired new studio "Yuhou-toubou" in Miharu.
1997 Built Dancing Fire Wood Kiln in Miharu, Japan.
1998 Built Dancing Fire Wood Kilns during workshop at Solano
College, California and in Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA.
1999 Attended CCAC (California Ceramic Association Conference),
held an exhibition and gave a lecture.
2000 Kiln building workshop at potter David Caradori's studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
2001 Kiln building workshop of the world's first smokeless kiln
at Burnaby in Canada. Workshop at the Redding Museum of
Art and History, California.
2002 Built the 'Sasukenei' smokeless kiln in Miharu, Japan.
2003 Solano Community College Honorary Art Professor for
workshop in California USA.Attended Aomori international
wood firing festival as a special guest. Invited by Czech
republic ceramic potters for ceramic wood firing workshop
and exhibition in Klikov.
2004 Workshop and lectures for professional potters at the
Peninsula school in Wisconsin.Wood fire workshop
at David Caradori's studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Ceramics workshop at SCC in California.
2005 From July spent ten months in hospital With cancer
(lymph and small intestine.) Three day workshop in
Mashiko (Japan). Published book "Secrets of Japanese
Wood fire Ceramic" with Marc Lancet.
2006 Came home from hospital in March and started small ceramic
works in summer.
2007 Published German version of "Secrets of Japanese Wood fire
Cereamics" Built 'Sasukenei' smokeless kilnb in Mashiko at
Furuki's studio. Workshop in Czech Republic.Lecture at
the Asian Art Museum in California, USA
2008 Built 'Sasukenei' smokeless kiln in Nakoso Fukushima,
Japan. Built 'Sasukenei' smokeless kiln in Jingdezhen,
China. Sept Visit to CA UAS for 10 year Dancing with fire
Solano Community College Event. Oct Visit to Czech Republic
for workshop & Lecture
2009 Wood fire-workshop in Jingdezhen China. exhibition
with Marc CA USA Trax gellery. Workshop in Asian Art
Museum.Workshop in Canada Barnaby city, smokeless-kiln
building workshop & lecture at Harvard university.
Demonstrator at the nternational Ceramics Festival in
Aberystwth UK, built event smokeless kiln & lecture
also exhibition. Workshop for Smokeless kiln building
& firing David & firth in Wales UK. Also Ruthin Crafft Centre
Exhibition 15/July in Wales UK. Smokeless kiln building
in Czech.Smokeless kiln building in Turkey Capadocia.
Firing workshop at Harvard university and Noble Greenough
2010 At CA USA Sacuramento Univercity Smokeless kiln firing
workshop Smoleless kiln building workshop in Eau Claire
Davd studio, Wisconsin USA. Smokeless-kiln Fring workshop
& lecture in Harvard university. Smokeless-kiln Fring
workshop in Turkey Capadocia. Hungary the international
Ceramic Studio for guest artist (20days). Brollin Garmany
European first Woodfire Conference , guest Paneler.
Smokeless kiln firing workshop in Czech.
Smokeless Wood firing-workshop in Jingdezhen China.
2011 Smokeless-kiln Fring workshop in Turkey Capadocia Turkey
Smokeless-kiln building workshop in Hungary at the
international Ceramic Studio.Germany wood-firing workshop.
South France 'Raku" workshop. Jingdezhen Chaina smokeless
kiln firing, workshop also signing party in Shanahi &
Jingdezhen for woodfirie-book which was translate into
chainese. On September & October Lecture & Demo at
Nobel Green school, MA dartomas ceramic studio.
Harvard ceramic studio. Exhibition at Keiko Gallery Boston.
2012 Workshop & seminar in Spain, Workshop in south France.
Build compact smokeless kiln in Japan. Built kiln in
Itinoseki Iwate Japan. 3 weeks Symposium for wood
firing glaze in smokeless kiln.10 days [Speedy wood kiln
building & Raku ]workshop in Rothenburg Germany.
Irate, Japan smokeless kiln firing.
Tennessee Middel Stae Univercity Smokless kiln building
& Firing workshop.