New Feature – Japanese Potter Misa Kumabuchi
As you already know, I’m on a quest to document each maker that we support in the shop and showcase their backstory. This obviously requires pictures being taken, also interviewing each to find out more about their work and what inspires them. I think it’s important to do this as there’s very little information on these artisans and how they produce such works, so maybe it will inspire future generations and set them on a creative path.
A maker that we’ve supported for many years is Japanese potter Misa Kumabuchi of Mushimegane Books, so it seems like the right time to put a face to a name and showcase a look inside her quaint atelier in rural Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. This tranquil setting gives her the perfect environment to create functional but characterful objects.
Something that really opened my eyes was her glazing method. Taking natural substances from her surroundings, such as degraded rocks, coral and seashells, she’s able to produce fantastic muted tones which have elements of spontaneity up-close. These subtle details are what make the final objects so appealing. Hopefully this feature that we’ve made opens up your imagination and gives new context to her work.