Paul Chaleff's works and story are integral to the history of Japanese pottery in the United States. After an inspiring visit to a 1972 exhibition on the ceramic works of Kitaoji Rosanjin, he began an artistic path of his own. Eventually, Chaleff’s talent for pottery lead him to traveling to Japan, where he worked alongside the renown Takashi Nakazato. There, his experiences with Japanese wood-firing kilns inspired him to build his own Anagama-style kiln in 1977.
Since then, his works have achieved international acclaim, with several pieces on permanent display at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.