ARTISAN STORIES

Artisan

Takuya Tsutsumi, 4th-generation Urushi Refiner

Through his passions for surfing, skateboarding, and the outdoors, Takuya Tsutsumi, spearheads a movement to revitalize the urushi industry in Japan. Learn about the state of the industry and his thoughts on the connection between nature, crafts, and culture.

Artisan

Masao Kiyoe, Maker of Indigo Wall Pieces

The construction worker turned first-generation craftsman started his career from scratch, from learning how to harvest indigo to bringing his dynamic designs to life. Learn about his journey of becoming a craftsman in this interview.

Artisan

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.

Artisan

Tomoya Hyodo, maker of Kiri Wooden Trays

Starting his career to become a racing car mechanic, Tomoya Hyodo, later substituted making metal parts with wooden parts. His creation process is rooted in his love for all things mechanical. Learn about his journey on becoming a sashimono joinery artisan.

Artisan

Wataru Myoshu, Maker of Wabi-Sabi Vases

Pulling inspiration from materials that have withstood the test of time, from earthy walls of buildings to older bronze vessels and roman glass, his pieces are a reflection of time passed. Learn more about his inspiration and journey to becoming a potter. 

KINTSUGI

Kintsugi

How to Kintsugi: The 3 Phases of Repair

Kintsugi technique is intended and best suited for the restoration of ceramic and porcelain tableware. Other materials and types of wares are possible to repair, but it all started with one porcelain tea bowl in Kyoto, about 500 years ago.

Kintsugi

Have the Kintsugi Kit. Now What?

For those who have one of POJ Studio's kits in hand, welcome to the wonderful world, the mysterious world, the fascinatingly deep meditative world of kintsugi-repair. We strongly believe that restoration is one of the greatest skills one can acquire and hope this educational journey will be as satisfying and nurturing as it has been for us.

Kintsugi

Which In-Studio Kintsugi Class Suits Me Best?

Sometimes there is nothing better than in-real-life learning. If you have the opportunity to visit Kyoto, we offer several in-studio kintsugi class options. However, particularly for first timers, it may be difficult to determine which class suits your current needs best.  

Kintsugi

Ceramic vs Porcelain Earthenware

From the beginning of human history, earthenware has been crafted all across the world. Even within the small islands of Japan, the diversity of soil, climate, food, and aesthetics have nurtured unique regional styles. These styles have developed over time and have become synonymous with each region’s culture that go even beyond craft and tableware. 

Kintsugi

Step 0: The Patient Chart

Even before beginning the kintsugi-repair process, I always recommend repairers to incorporate Step 0: preparing a patient chart. It’s a thorough assessment of the piece in front of you. Is it cracked, chipped, or broken? Is it made of glass, wood, porcelain, or ceramic? Is it glazed or unglazed?

Kintsugi

How to Kintsugi: The 3 Phases of Repair

Kintsugi technique is intended and best suited for the restoration of ceramic and porcelain tableware. Other materials and types of wares are possible to repair, but it all started with one porcelain tea bowl in Kyoto, about 500 years ago.

INSPIRATION

Inspiration

Bamboo Artisan Weaving Japan's Future

Japanese bamboo weaver, Hafu Matsumoto offered his expertise in bending what is naturally unbending to make exceptional baskets and sculptures for the Spanish fashion label, Loewe.

Inspiration

Guntu: Floating Hotel on the Seto Sea

Part yacht, part ryokan, part high-end hotel, Guntu is not only a true achievement in nautical design, but it also represents something exceptional in the world of contemporary hospitality.

Inspiration

A Tea Stand Merging Old and New

A new and casual way to enjoy Japanese tea. Located on a street corner, it gathers people to have a ippuku or cup of tea in the form of matcha, genmaicha, and more.

Inspiration

Tea-picking in the Birthplace of Matcha

My relatives recently went on tea picking via Airbnb in the countryside of Kyoto, Wazuka. That area has been producing tea for over 1000 years which is around the same time as the introduction of tea to Japan itself.

Inspiration

Japan’s Art and Tools Shop

From carpet cleaners to other everyday items, Nittodo offers Japanese tools with simple designs and functionality made with new and traditional craft techniques.