The rarity of a workshop that supports multiple craftsmen and their output is quite rare. I think it takes a particular kind of craftsman to want to go this route, looking to build a sustainable business around craft so that many more can enjoy these kind of works. That’s exactly what Kyoto-based
With hundreds of years of tradition comes hundreds of years of history to uphold. No pressure then. It takes a special maker to not only take a craft by the scruff of the neck, but to run with it and adapt in a contemporary way; to translate the work for a new audience while holding […]
As part of our travel series we take a visit to Chochikukyo House in Kyoto Prefecture that was designed in the 1920's and integrates both Japanese and Western techniques respectively.
We are proud to announce our first branded OEN sencha green tea made in collaboration with Kyoto based farm d:matcha that's now available to purchase at OEN shop.
Read our new feature on a company currently residing in the famous town of Wazuka called d:matcha, founded by Daiki Tanaka who is producing high quality matcha and sencha in Japan.
Ceramics and tea have always gone hand in hand, so with such strong links I always wanted to incorporate high quality tea in to the shop and we are pleased to announce our first selection.
We travel to the Garden of Fine Arts in Kyoto that was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, built with the intention of being able to appreciate paintings in an outdoor space.
Robert Wiezorek is a German filmmaker who undertook the project of documenting the work of a traditional pottery workshop called Asahiyaki in Uji, a city just south of Kyoto in Japan.
Continuing our series of adventures from Japan is a visit to Katsura Rikyu, or Katsura Imperial Villa, in Kyoto, Japan. We were able to photograph the gardens and surround property one morning.
A glimpse inside the home and studio of Kawai Kanjiro, a Japanese potter who was a key figure in the mingei and studio pottery movement, which included Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada.
I'm in awe of the 'Transmigration' series by Japanese sculptor Masaomi Raku, sculptures out of granite which have been placed on a plinth and are both powerful and abstract.
Takashi Kuroyanagi has visited many workshops in Kyoto to record the techniques of the various craftsmen based there, this subject is Kurotani, a paper making town near Kyoto.