Gaku Nakane, Maker of Whimsical Ceramic Pieces
Inspired by the cliffs, stream, and woods surrounding his childhood home, the 27-year-old potter's ceramic pieces are nostalgic, whimsical, and organic. Watch the interview to meet the artisan.
Gaku Nakane, the 27-year-old potter, was raised by artisan parents in the idyllic countryside of Shiga prefecture.
A striking cliff and boundless forest are the scenes from his childhood. Playing in his 'backyard' as a child - observing the textures of trees, surfaces of rocks, and other materials that have withstood the test of time - has shaped his own artistic identity - one that is whimsical yet bold.
Watch the interview below to learn more about the artisan.
STORIES BEHIND THE PIECES
Kiyoko Matsuoka, 4th-generation shibori master
Shibori, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press” is the process of shaping cloth before dyeing to create various designs on the textile. Rather than using the cloth as a two dimensional surface, the Shibori textile has a three dimensional element, given that each technique requires years of experience to master.
Hiromichi Nakade, Maker of Oryoki Bowls
Meet Hiromichi Nakade and Kazuya Fujimoto, the makers of the Oryoki and Kodaiwan bowls. A master craftsman sits with his former apprentice to speak about their hope for the declining crafts industry in Japan, as well as the appeal of craftsmanship.