Several years ago Josef Klingler, Jr. visited Kasama, Japan while on holiday. He was fascinated by some of the local teapot artists working on their potter's wheels. They allowed him to throw some clay on the wheel and were amazed at his instant skill and talent.
Inspired by the Japanese artists, he added several pottery classes to his curriculum as a student while at The Art Institute of Chicago. Yet Josef prefers to use his innate creative abilities. His clay terra cotta teapots are only 2 to 8 inches in size. Josef admits that even he is surprised at some of his work.