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Chris Prindl



Chris was born in Germany, and during his childhood, travelled the world with his parents, living in several different countries, including Japan. He specialised in East Asian Studies under Toshiko Takaezu at Princeton University, USA, and attained a degree in Japanese.  He was then apprenticed to potter Takao Okazaki in Yamagata, Japan.

In 1994, he set up his first studio in Pennsylvania, USA and built an Anagama traditional wood-fired Japanese kiln. Since 1996 Chris has lived in Cornwall, where he works from a converted forge, situated just around the corner from the National Trust owned Lanhydrock House.

 “The feeling of my pots comes from my childhood and later apprenticeship spent in Japan. I do not specifically try to make Japanese-style work but my sense of line and strength is quite Eastern.  I studied a variety of styles and firing techniques in Japan which has informed my desire to make a wide range of pieces. I try to make shapes which are good to use and feel good to hold - small pots with delicacy, big ones with power.”