平井明子 マルチカルチャーに魅せられた陶芸家 – Talented Craftswoman (in Japanese)

記・マイク・サリバン 自己紹介をお願いします。 イギリスのロンドンで陶芸をしています。こちらでは珍しくないartistsの集合スタジオに工房をかまえています。 http://www.akikohiraiceramics.com/ AKIKO HIRAI from Dan Fontanelli on Vimeo. お仕事についてお聞かせ下さい。 国内外で展示会をしたりギャラリーに作品をおろしています。陶芸を始めた当初は粉引きや薪窯で作られた工芸作品が好きでその過程を勉強していましたが現在はこちらの素材を使ってその素材の美しさをそのまま活かせるものづくりにはげんでいます。粉引き、薪窯陶芸の影響は今でも強いです。

Satsuma Pottery – A Collector’s Item

By Mike Sullivan Satsuma pottery has a rather unusual history due to the fact that there are two distinctive strands, one which was made for domestic use and one which was specifically made to be exported. The reason that there is such a different between these two different types of the same craft is that […]

Mizuyo Yamashita Japanese Ceramic Designer in East London. (日本語 in Japanese)

記・マイク・サリバン 自己紹介をお願いします。 私は山下瑞代です。英語の勉強のため、2000年に渡英、趣味で始めた陶芸を仕事にしています。今はイーストロンドンにスタジオを構えています。 私は7人家族の中で育ちました。

Kintsugi – The Art of Repairing Pottery and Ceramics

What will you do if your favorite pottery or ceramic was broken? It is quite hard to give up and throw it away. By Saneyuki Owada Kintsugi (金継ぎ) or Kintsukuroi is a Japanese original technique of mending broken pottery or ceramic with lacquer and powdered gold, silver or pigment. A method of Kintsugi is similar […]

Fukushima Ceramist – Koishiwara pottery

By Saneyuki Owada Koishiwara pottery ware is a traditional item which is made in Toho village, Fukuoka Japan, which is more than 1,000km west from Tokyo. Toho village has been making Koishiwara pottery ware since the early Edo period (1669-). This village was merged from two villages, Koishiwara village and Hoshuyama village in 2005. Moreover, […]

Interview with Hideaki Miyamura – Pottery Craftsman

By Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. Please tell us about your 5 year apprenticeship in Japan, how difficult was it? My name is Hideaki Miyamura. I am originally from Nigata province and currently live and work in the United States, in Kensington, NH. My father was an architect who owned a construction […]

Interview with Reiko Kaneko – Ceramic Designer educated at Central St Martins London

By Mike Sullivan Reiko Kaneko graduated from Central St Martins, University of Arts London, previously she worked in East London for a number of years but last year she made the move to Stoke-on-Trent in order to be closer to the manufacturers of Fine Bone China. There are around 7,000 people working in the pottery […]

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the Japanstore.jp magazine, we only set up our magazine a short while ago and it has been an amazing experience until now. As such we really hope all of our readers have enjoyed reading our […]

Interview with Clover Lee – Creative Talent – Manga Artist and Potter

By Mike Sullivan Clover Lee is originally from China and is based in London, UK. She is an incredibly talented young woman who not only creates pottery, such as sake sets, but also paints within a unique Chinese-Japanese kind of style and also has her own manga series. She frequently attends exhibitions where customers can […]