I think ceramics and the art of making functional ware out of clay is often seen as one dimensional, but I have to disagree. Take Japanese potter Shinobu Hashimoto‘s work for example, his clean lines are both striking and contemporary, but his use of glaze, slip and detailing has a rustic feeling. Shinobu often applies slip instead of glaze to the vessels surface leaving a unique off-white colour with a crackle running throughout. You can also see traditional Japanese elements in his work, such as where the handle joins the cup body or the larger foot supporting the bowl.
Obviously inspired by the tea ceremony, these objects by Shinobu have an aura of preciousness, and quite a distinct aesthetic that I’ve only ever seen this man carry forward. Don’t just take my word for it, you can see in these photos and the ones on the shop that the gold touches here and there almost make these dazzle and shine out of the darkness when in natural light. These really are a pleasure to use and be around.
Often the selection in the shop can be seen as clean and clinical, but I think these works in-particular offer a stark contrast to what we already have available and make a nice rounded selection of ceramics. Hopefully you agree and will check out Shinobu’s work in the shop, we hope to support him in the future and continue stocking his work for a long time to come.