Flower Vases by Satoshi Nishikawa

Flower Vases by Satoshi Nishikawa

These flower vases by Japanese artist Satoshi Nishikawa really are profound. He uses primitive clay and sculpting methods to create these earthy vessels, contemporary and characterful.

“Urushi Craftsman” by Hirokazu Kishida

“Urushi Craftsman” by Hirokazu Kishida

A short film by Kyoto born filmmaker Hirokazu Kishida. This shows the working processes of the lacquer craftsmen that create for Yamada Heiando, a tableware and accessories company.

Refined by Fire, Potter Clayton Amemiya

Refined by Fire, Potter Clayton Amemiya

This short film captures “nature as inspiration” first hand thanks to Clayton Amemiya, a Hawaiian artist who was originally taught in Okinawa by Japanese master potter Seisho Kuniyoshi.

Calligraphy by Japanese Artist Sen

Calligraphy by Japanese Artist Sen

This short film and photography captures the making process of talented Japanese calligrapher Sen (aka Rinka Obitsu), who’s attempting to perfect her calligraphy through a piece titled “Prayer”.

Handmade Cutlery by Rieko Fujimoto at OEN Shop

Handmade Cutlery by Rieko Fujimoto at OEN Shop

Japanese metal worker Rieko Fujimoto for example is one that really struck a chord with me. When I first discovered her works I was fascinated by her unique style, also her pursuit of making objects for everyday use.

Seasons by Tatsuyasu Watanabe

Seasons by Tatsuyasu Watanabe

Japanese photographer Tatsuyasu Watanabe appealed to me when I stumbled across his blog. He’s been working on a series titled ‘Season’ and has recently exhibited at a gallery in Japan.

Ceramics by Shinsaku Nakazono

Ceramics by Shinsaku Nakazono

Let me just start off by saying wow, these pots are absolutely incredible. As soon as I saw these beautiful works by Japanese potter Shinsaku Nakazono, they really did blow me away and gave me a lot to think about.

Hand Blown Glass by Studio Prepa at OEN Shop

Hand Blown Glass by Studio Prepa at OEN Shop

I find the production of glass very intriguing. The fact that there’s certain limits when making glass is an interest to me, the material is notoriously hard to work with and not that simple to conquer as a maker.

Textiles by Hiroko Takeda

Textiles by Hiroko Takeda

It’s intriguing to think that many of my influences revolve around nature itself, even if it’s unclear at first this component always shines through. For example with craft, it’s design stripped back to only the necessary, using bare basic material.

Takeshi Yasuda, Made in China

Takeshi Yasuda, Made in China

The film itself shows Japanese potter Takeshi Yasuda inside his studio, where we get to see him working and follow him through the streets of the Porcelain capital of the world, Jingdezhen in China.