The Inima Pottery studio is based in the village of Kawakami-mura in Yoshino, Nara Prefecture. A village that’s in the midst of the mountains and is especially known for its beautiful nature. The changes in season are particularly prevalent here, during the summer months there’s beautiful greenery, and in autumn Larch trees change their colour to red. White snow covers the ground in winter, and when spring comes the mountains are covered with fresh green leaves and blossoms.
This environment is what inspires owners Yuichiro and Satoko Suzuki, husband and wife team that make up Inima pottery. Yuichiro was born in Kanagawa Prefecture and Satoko in Osaka, Yuichiro mainly specialises in porcelain and Satoko in stoneware. The stoneware is particularly impressive, as Satoko is able to create simple work that has a subtle colour scheme and a unique texture when held in the hand.
They take careful consideration when making their work to think about the user and how food would be placed on such a piece at meal time, not just visually but also in terms of functionality. Their goal with Inima has always been to make functional pottery that is warm and characterful, of which I think they’ve definitely succeeded. We hope you like this small feature which presents imagery from inside their workshop, we’re also really proud to present a selection we have on offer inside our shop. Although functional, their objects are also pieces of art.