Her creation has a focus on life story of connecting people, nature and ceramics. She combines various colours and textures, which she thinks the resemblance to team work. her creations imply the harmony of individual characteristics. She hopes that her pottery brings the audience a daily joy of living.
Chie Kobayashi is specialised in making pottery Chinese tea wares. She has been fascinating by white clay for 25 years. Through years of developments, all of her creations are based on the theme of nature, such as flowers, cloud, wind, etc. Matt white glaze is the signature feature of her works, which naturally reflects the expression of pureness and minimalism. Her imagination collaborates with her hand skills to creation a sense of elegance and delicacy.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1974
Completed an art degree in Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 1996
Selected to exhibit in 5th International Pottery Fair in Austria in 2007 and 2008
Exhibited in 9th International Pottery Fair in Portugal in 2009
Awarded TALENT AWARD of the 6th NASSAUISCHEN SPARKASSE in Germany in 2010
Between 1992 - 1994, Kaname Takeguchi completed his study of base firing, glaze and wheeling at Industrial Research Centre of Shiga Prefecture.
From 1994, he had been apprenticed to ceramic master Kennin Kishimoto for 4 years.
In 1998, he started working at Lakobo ceramic studio in Kyoto.
In 2004, he has decided to build his own atelier and kiln and started his journey as an individual ceramic artist in Shiga Prefecture.
After reading the book about the history of shaker box published in the US, Kenichi Okuno was inspired by how beautiful handcrafted goods are. And so, he quitted his previous career in the business field and entered the art industry by self-learning.
With countless test and error, he managed to work out the perfect formula of making his shaker boxes. He said that his dream is to deliver his wooden boxes to households who love the beautiful mother of nature and sustainability of life goods.
Koji Aoki was from a business background and had worked as a businessman for more than 10 years in Tokyo before becoming a potter. He had achieved great success in his career during the 1990s. One day, he went to a ceramic exhibition of the renowned British ceramicist Lucie Rie in Tokyo. He was impressed by how amazing the techniques of handcrafted ceramics are and instantly fell in love with pottery. In a family trip to Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, he had his heart set to move to that quiet and tranquil little town for good.
With his family’s support, he learnt about pottery by himself and created his original glaze colours at his home studio. His talents brought him many opportunities to hold exhibitions in different cities in Japan.
“It’s not just a piece of ceramic.
You may see a self-reflection when looking at it and using it.”
The young potter Makoto Saito was born in 1989 in Hokkaido. He was graduated from Kanazawa Art and Craft University in 2014. He is currently based in Seto City in Aichi Prefecture. His works are not purely crockeries on your kitchen shelves, but also play a role in our daily life. He believes that his works can deliver happiness to users and communicate with them without knowing who they are. He thinks this is the value of his works.
Shi-ren is the artist name of Japanese ceramicist Kumiko Tokuyama. Her works have a unique expression through the application of her special glazes and the organic shapes of vessels. Monet series is her signature creation which was inspired by the Monet Garden by the famous French painter Claude Monet. This series entirely showcases her talented creativity and her love towards colours and nature.
Soryu-gama is formed by a Kyoto potter couple. The husband Soryu is the 4th generation of the family potters for Kiyomizu pottery. The wife Madoka is from the 14th generation of the Koishiwara potters family from Kyushu. The combination of Kyo-yaki Pottery (seiji glaze finish) and Koishiwara Pottery (tobi-kanna* feature) forms today’s Soryu-gama pottery style. As these two pottery styles are totally different from each other, Soryu and Madoka work daily and sit side by side at their potters wheels in order to seek for a new expression with the translucent bluish seiji glaze. Through endless attempts of refinements, they successfully merged their signature pottery styles inherited from their families. Their goal is to nurture and present a new and unique pottery style to the world.
* Tobi-kanna: a metal strip tool which is used to carefully slip off the surface of vessels bit by bit by spinning the pottery wheel in order to create the signature pattern of Koishiwara Pottery.