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.