Something that adds a touch of luxury to the everyday, that carries the air of Japan about it. A thing that beckons you to use it. Shopkeeper KASHIYUKA set out across Japan to find such handiworks. Her first venture is to Kanazawa, the birthplace of traditional Kutaniyaki ceramic, and the studio of ceramicist Kiyoko Morioka.
She showed how she turns forms from clay on the wheel. My eyes fixed on the movement of the clay, how like a living entity it was… I suddenly understood the softness of it! When she studied the traditions of Kutaniyaki she didn’t follow the decorative route (befitting the common perception of Kutani ware), but trained as a “thrower”, an artisan who specializes in the wheel. This became clear upon seeing the work – it was amazing to see her turn even the tiny knob atop the lid.
In a spot full of natural light, you prepare your tea. Your eyes fall on this teapot, so thin and delicate the light pours through, and soon you’re transported to a precious place outside your usual self. This first “purchase” for the KASHIYUKA Marketplace is such a white porcelain vessel.
Born 1974, Kanazawa. Graduate, National Folk Art School in Holbæk, Denmark. Graduate study, Ishikawa Prefecture Institute of Kutani Pottery.
White Porcelain Teapot
Ushiro-de Teapot, from the “Hikari no Kokyu” (Breath of Light) series. Small, ¥11,000. Teacup ¥3,000.
Yuka Kashino (KASHIYUKA)Yuka Kashino is a member of the techno pop group Perfume. She admires Japanese ceramics and traditional crafts, and has been known to line up in the early hours for a first glimpse of solo exhibitions by masters of the form. Perfume’s latest single, Mugenmirai released on March 14th, is the theme song of the new film “CHIHAYAFURU Part.3.” www.perfume-web.jp