Gaku Nakane, the 26-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 amongst the natural environment as a child, and observing the textures of trees, surfaces of rocks, and other materials that have withstood the test of time, have shaped his own artistic identity - one that is whimsical yet bold.
Each of his pottery pieces is made by layering two types of clay. When firing, the discrepancy in shrinkage between the two layers creates a unique crackled pattern on each vessel and sculpture. Gaku hopes to bring warmth and charm to homes near and far through his work.
Watch his interview to learn more about the artisan.
Due to the handmade nature of this piece, the size may vary slightly.