Shiro Otani began his studies at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts under Kyubei Kiyomizu, Eiichi Shohu and Kunio Uchida. In 1973 Otani moved to Kinose Dairino in Shigaraki and built an anagama and a noborigama (climbing kiln). In Shigaraki, he studied under Uichi Shimizu a "living national treasure." In 1990 Otani was designated as an intangible cultural asset of Shigaraki. Otani's work is collected and owned by many prestigious institutions worldwide. These two pieces are large, fine examples of Otani's wood fired vessels.