Matsui Kosei is a master of Neriage, a time-consuming technique, whereby different colored clays are mixed, rolled out, cut and reassembled.
Matsui was born in 1927 and started his studies in ceramics in 1946. In 1957, he became a priest at the Getsusoji Temple, where in 1960 he built a kiln so he could research traditional ceramics.
Matsui subsequently became famous for his neriage wares. In 1993, he was declared a Living National Treasure. He died in 2003.
• Neriage. It is a Japanese term, meaning "to mix," and is applicable as more than one color; a clay body is used.
2. Matsui Kosei