Why Ocean Ridge Kiln? The name chosen for the kiln is actually it’s original name given by the creator of the kiln but with an English twist. Yasui-san built the kiln in 1995 and called it sea god, mountain god kiln (海彦 山彦窯). Yasui-san has an artist name Kai 海 Yasui 安井 which also means sea. Coincidentally this is the same name and kanji we gave to our youngest son. Our oldest son we named Rei 嶺 meaning ridge. As our children are by chance named essentially the original name of the kiln it didn’t feel right to change it. As I myself am British I felt as though I should represent that by naming the kiln in English.
The artwork for the kiln was inspired by a stained glass window designed and made by Kai Yasui which is placed at the entrance of the kiln house.
So Ocean Ridge Kiln it is, in a land filled with many kilns I hope to stand out and offer something new and interesting.