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November 26, 2017


Eimei - Hideaki Shimizu


It's hard to interview Eimei without quickly getting into talking about his father. Eimei has managed to make a name for himself on the Japanese market and has received prestigious awards. And that is a even bigger achivement considering when y...

November 22, 2017

Up on a loft at Shuuhous studio we found a few pieces of broken plaster that turned out to be a 150 year old mold of a sourcherer riding a dragon among beautifully carved clouds. The quality was outstanding and I wonder if that Is anyone living today that could make a...

November 18, 2017

From 1900-1950 Tokoname ceramic industry had a boom. During this era there was hundreds of kilns beeing built and their chimneys dotted the city landscape, and their smoke made the whole town so black that it was said that even the birds of Tokoname where coloured from...

November 12, 2017

There are a few glazes that every Tokoname bonsai potter needs to have in his production if he is going to get orders from the wholesellers, and reach the japanese market. To be repeatable most of them are plain, without any mixing and not to many effects. ”what you se...

November 10, 2017

When I was asked what I was most looking forward to, working with a potter from Tokoname, the first that came into mind was, "How does the clay feel. And what kind of tools does he use? "

For all artists and craftsmen, the tools are an extension of the hand and t...

November 7, 2017

One of the reasons that Tokoname is famous for bonsai pots is the clay.
I have worked with it for a while now and I find it suitable for all kind of techniques as throwing, molding and building. It also dries very fast, without starting to crack, wich means that you ca...

November 5, 2017

See Hidemi Kataoka, third generation who works under the name ”Shuuhou / Shuho” build a large mokko pot in his studio in Tokoname. 

November 3, 2017

The Buddhist temples and burial sites have had a great impact on the aesthetics for bonsai pots. Originally created in China and then copied in Japan. This is clearly seen on the large stone water vessels, which is used to storage water for cleansing and watering the g...

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