Watching This Japanese Artist Transform A Ceramic Bowl Is Like NOTHING I’ve Ever Seen.
Founded in 1879 in Ishikawa, Japan, an area known for its traditional ceramics, KUTANI CHOEMON is a small business with over 130 years of expertise in the making of tableware and tea ceremony utensils.
By using an integrated system of production, the studio proudly sources raw materials and crafts them into finished products. Each of their products, featured in rich blue, white, and traditional Kutani color glazes, are handmade and hand-painted with lively designs by experienced craftsmen.
KUTANI CHOEMON is well-known in their home country -- the fourth heir Kentaro Kamide was honored with two awards from the emperor -- and internationally. Despite traditional approaches, the team has collaborated in new ways with brands such as PUMA in 2007, when they decorated “PUMA 8-Speed Urban Mobility Bikes” with Kutani pottery under MARUWAKA-YA, and in 2010 with Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón.
These photos will spark in you a newfound appreciation for Japanese handcrafted goods:
The expert craftsmen at "KUTANI CHOEMON" transform raw materials in a thorough process involving kilns and smooth-stroked artwork.
In a world dominated by graphic design, these organic techniques require a tremendous amount of discipline and skill.
The results, however, are one of a kind.
For the full effect, watch this video, created by Keigo Kamide, to the tune of "Tam+" by LJ Kruzer: