I’ve been waiting patiently over the last six months to receive some works from a new maker that we’re adding to the store named Kana Tozuka. A potter from Otaru, a city based in Hokkaido, Japan, her works are inspired by the image of a winter scene, as well as the old streets of her hometown Otaru. The white works represent a sprinkling of snow and the black-bronze ceramics are almost like antiques honouring a transition in time.
Trained at a ceramic studio in Okinawa, Kana set up her own studio in 2007 and has since pursued ceramics as a full-time career. She now exhibits across Japan, and we’re very proud to represent her work internationally here at OEN. What I personally like about Kana’s work is the depth achieved in two basic colours, black and white. She’s able to produce this effect by firing in the kiln at a high temperature, which is seen quite wonderfully in the black glaze that’s matte in appearance but glistens with shiny gold undertones. Apart from her distinct glaze combinations, Kana creates fantastic angular shapes to compliment the grainy surface texture of the pots.
These are sure to get better with age and will blend in with any environment, hopefully you enjoy them and will take a look at our first selection from Kana now available in the shop.