Craftsmanship is a creation that enriches our mind and equally carries on the traditions. A crafted object is material, but in contrary to industrial production, it’s alive and spiritual as a result of the use of soulful natural materials and the handmade process. Energy and spirit of the makers inhibit the object.
Sustainably and slowly created with respect for the material, the environment and the method, each object tells a unique story - gratifying all senses, reflecting the creators belief, their vision and dreams.
We are so excited to share with you these exquisite potteries by two Japanese ceramicists, Shiho Takada and Mutsumi Ohashi - they both live and work in Japan and it would be the first time they are exposed in Europe.
She is particular about the lines and silhouettes. Her works are timeless, sensual, rounded and flowing by evoking her gentleness and dedication. Especially her Kokuyu, black glazing series give mysteriously deep and meditating nuances due to her special glaze mixed with minerals.
Ohashi's works are characterised by his Anagama wood-fired technique using only local red pine trees as a fuel. Anagama (literally meaning "cave kiln") is an ancient type of pottery wood-firing kiln which can achieve warm wabi-sabi profound textures.
Craftsmanship : A solution for our future
with Shiho Takada and Mutsumi Ohashi
In the morning we took a long, long walk through a forest filled with incredible energy, close to David’s place. He taught me about stones. ‘Stones tell stories,’ he said.
From experimenting with local stone material to adapting his work to the local needs, I saw, in David, a person who doesn’t like to repeat himself, who is ever ready to challenge himself, and perhaps, even to break his ego, to become more tolerant and deep. I love his work. You see the person in it—sincere, honest, alive.
-- by Lin Wang
David Louveau is a wood-firing ceramicist from New Caledonia currently based in Sweden. He finds strong inspiration in the beauty and depth of nature that surrounds him. He has been trying to achieve a slow ecological creative process connecting with the organic elements in Scandinavia, by working on local minerals, wood and water. Carefully listening and being inspired by all those spiritual wonders.
His environmental consciousness let him built an alf-downdraft Bourry Box kiln in order to avoid high pollution, as well as his usage of kick-wheel, which is as a result to animate his works by bringing the energy from his Dantian. Being as connected as possible to each piece and revive with them with maximum energy from his body.
Reconstruction by Cuze
Cuze Meets Smudge and Sake
One of our first accomplices on our creative journey, ceramicist Cuze has been experimenting for many years with clay from Japan to Europe. Cuze’s love for the art of creating fine ceramics as a daily practice shows in each of his pieces. Working with the clay, shaping it on the wheel, firing it in a kiln becomes a true meditative process that results in sophisticated and serene poetic objects. Through this practice his settled and humble character finds form.
In addition to various unique methods, Cuze has discovered a method of reconstructing a piece by cutting parts, putting it together and reshaping it on the wheel, thus minimizing excess clay. The piece metamorphosizes from round to oval; from one to two. Proving that the most simple result often comes from the most complex process, Cuze’s pieces beget a truth of form that is immediately recognizable.
We are delighted to share his new work with you and have an array of solid incense and smudge burners/plates, as well as his classic white porcelain series for Sake lovers.
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