Rinka is the only potter in Ishigaki island using a Noborigama, a wood fired climbing kiln to fire his work. It takes a great amount of work and time to produce work. Twice a year he`s firing the Noborigama. He also fires with an electric and a gas kiln. Which have all different effects on his pottery. Shisa are the typical ceramic lion dogs home to Ishigaki island. They protect the house owner from evil.