Beautiful pottery of Mr. Kouichi Mizuno 水野幸一さんの陶器

There are numerous number of potters and ceramic artists in Japan, and some of them are internationally renowned craftsmen. My work is to find those craftsmen who have not yet been internationally remarked and introduce them to the rest of the world. So many craftsmen in Japan end their lives without being recognized internationally, although their…

New arrivals of Mr. Ryosuke Ando pottery

It has been getting hot lately in Tokyo of around 30 degree C. It is almost like Summer, but rainy season starts pretty soon, which lasts for about a month until Mid July followed by real hot Summer soon after. Summer in Japan is, as you may now, very hot with high humidity of around…

Japanese auspicious omen motifs chopsticks rest 吉祥紋様の箸置き

Chopsticks rests are used to lift the pointing area of the chopsticks to avoid the direct contact with the table. These chopsticks rests come in various sizes, shapes and designs, so some people enjoy collecting them and use them at different occasions possibly depending on the seasons and guests etc. Some of them are very cute…

Spirited young talented ceramic artist, Ms. Tomoko Takahashi

Ms. Tomoko Takahashi (高橋朋子)was born in Hokkaido, where is an island in the northernmost part of Japan and then she later graduated from a University in the southernmost part of Japan called Okinawa. She now lives in Chiba, which is only about an hour train journey from Tokyo. Her ceramic style has constantly been changing…

Winter holiday in Nagano

Happy belated new year!!! I hope all of you had a wonderful winter holiday! My shop generally opens 7 days a week, so I do now have any fixed holidays except the few days summer and winter holidays. New year season in Japan is like a christmas in the west, so many shops are closed…

Hara Souemon wax casting craftsman from Niigata (原惣右ェ門)

Lost wax casting is the process by which a metal object is casted from a duplicated object made with wax and this technique can be found in other countries too. The history of the lost wax casting in Niigata (新潟) began about 670 years ago, when the craftsmen were invited to Okubo (大久保) area in…