Toyu Takeuchi was born in Kyoto in 1969.He worked under a porcelain master, Shohsen Tsuchiyama, a traditional craftsman certified by the Japanese Authority, for 11 years since 1990. He opened Toyu Kiln in 2001. His Kyo Yaki woodturning technique is highly ranked, and his drawings are regarded as modern and sophisticated. He is one of the mid-career artisans expected to take over Kyo Yaki industry in the near future. He continuously is inspired by interacting with the public at his exhibitions, receiving requests, comments, and feedback about his work.