Shingo Ohira was born in 1973 in Shigaraki, Japan and still lives there. He started building kilns in 2000 and has commenced making his own ceramics in 2010. Shigaraki is one of the oldest pottery producing places in Japan. Since it is near Kyoto and Nara, where the tea ceremony was born, Shigaraki tea ware developed naturally. Shigaraki ware is known for the special quality of its clay. By firing in wood-firing kilns, effects such as warm, reddish hiiro flashing, deep green natural ash biidoro, or burnt black koge can be achieved. As a form of art using the media of clay and fire, Shigaraki pottery communicates the Japanese aesthetic of wabi and sabi to the present age. Ohira’s ceramics are in the typical Shigaraki style.