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.
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