New Maker at OEN Shop – Ceramics by Japanese Potter Shinko Nakanishi
I talked before about my quest to find that perfect balance between rusticity and simplicity. I think you can find it to a various degree in most crafts, whether it be the the unevenness of the glass, or the flecks in a ceramic glaze, or even the chunky weight of a piece of wood. But the older I get the more I realise the beauty in unpredictability, and the ever changing nature of things.
So when I was given the chance to represent Japanese potter Shinko Nakanishi I was thrilled, especially considering the varying styles that are now available to buy in the shop. I say this because his work is particularly different, it has a real balance and character. On one hand you have the rustic nature of the clay and glaze, but then the simplicity in the colour and forms in general is quite humbling.
Born in Osaka, Shinko currently resides in the small town of Kamiita, Tokushima Prefecture. All of his ceramics are wood-fired and the rich clay is dug just outside his studio. This clay leaves unpredictable spots on the surface of the glaze. Not only are they functional objects that can be used on a daily basis, they’re expressive pieces of design that show the unpredictability of nature and man. A small selection of his works can now be found on the shop. We hope you enjoy these photos here.