Ceramic traditions vary greatly around the world. In some cultures, the material is considered all-important, while in other cultures, the form or shape is the emphasis. Techniques for production of ceramics vary as well, though there are basic techniques such as coil-built, slab-built, or wheel thrown that are universal. What I always enjoy discovering is the sharing of ceramic traditions across cultures, and sometimes how easily they meld. This is the story of a traditionally trained Japanese ceramic artist who joined a rich historic ceramic tradition in the
Native bands such as the Cherokee and Catawba in western
Hiroshi Sueyoshi, a native of
While he works with the native blue clays of southeastern
In 2006 Hiroshi was named a North Carolina Living Treasure.