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Ryoko Mutasono
December at wagumi

December at wagumi

It is again this season, after an extremely strange year.  For all that has happened, we hope somehow that it can finish on a relative high. At wagumi, we are still here, and ready to support you for any gift giving needs. We are open again in the Oxo Tower, and continue to complete all online orders.  We are  now offering two shipping options: the postal service and UPS.  There is also complementary gift wrapping, which you can select at check out - and the option to add messages or special requests via the notes section.  Click and collect is...

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Ryoko Mutasono
The Return of Marumi Kujirai

The Return of Marumi Kujirai

This month at wagumi we have a new collection work by Marumi Kujirai. A ceramist based in Kasama, not far north of Tokyo, her work has a special individuality. When the bubble economy collapsed in Japan in the 1990s, it was followed by a period in which craft and other less ostentatious aspects of life, experienced a revival.  Part of this was an emerging ‘indie’ scene in ceramics.   Many individual or small producers working in their own style and selling through fairs, and a growing network of independent shops.  In contrast to the garish materialism of the 1980s, owning hand...

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Ryoko Mutasono
Saisei Glass at wagumi for Summer.

Saisei Glass at wagumi for Summer.

This month at wagumi we have a rare restock of glass by Seiten. You can see the full collection here. In Yomitan, a settlement famous for craft on the southern Okinawan islands, is the glass studio of Kiyoharu Matsuda. Matsuda is leading practitioner in ‘saisei’ glass.  Literally meaning ‘reborn’, saisei in a glass context refers to a process to melt and recreate empty drinks bottles into beautiful forms.  Heavy ramune bottles are sometimes a material, as are others used to drink soft drinks in the island’s hot climate.  Reduced to fragments, the glass is blended for texture and colour, and...

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Ryoko Mutasono
wagumi Oxo Tower returns in June.

wagumi Oxo Tower returns in June.

After nearly three months of an online only presence, we reopened the shop on 16 June.In doing this, of course we have been studying closely the government guidelines on becoming a Covid-secure space, and will be in full effect with hand sanitiser, masks and social distancing.We plan to test the water in the first week of opening, and may have reduced hours of business. If you plan to make a specific trip to see us, then it may be worth calling ahead, and in any case we will update our social media channels.Our priority is to deliver the things from...

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