Jun Kaneko is known for enormous pieces (some are "dumpling shaped") with very interesting decoration.
The sculptures are dried for a year (apparently, didn't know that before reading that caption) and fired for about 3 months in a massive kiln (I think the room above may be the kiln. I'm not completely up to date on his process, but I had heard that he built his pieces in the same room he fires in.)
A "dango" finished. He has a background in illustration and you can really see it here.
Sorry one more time guys! I'll be back on top of the posts from now on!