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Ryoko Mutasono
Motoharu Ozawa at wagumi

Motoharu Ozawa at wagumi

This month at wagumi, we have a collection of work by Japanese potter Motoharu Ozawa. Based in the traditional Mino-ware pottery region of Toki in Gifu, the work of Motoharu Ozawa is characterised by its glazes that invite pairings with food.   Another characteristic is its popularity.  In contrast to his unassuming personality, and isolated base in the Gifu countryside, are Ozawa’s social media channels and the scrum that forms whenever he exhibits his pottery in Japan and nearby Asia. This is the first time that Ozawa has shown his work in Europe, and we have a small selection of items...

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Ryoko Mutasono
How we are operating during Covid-19

How we are operating during Covid-19

2020.  It should have been a year of Japanese culture culminating in the Olympics this summer.  Instead it is what it is. We want to send our best wishes to all of customers and those who have supported us down the years, and the hope that you are all staying safe. Like all small businesses we are facing our own Annus Horribilis, but we are determined to keep operating within the boundaries of what is safe and responsible. We are completing every online order we receive, and will consider reopening the shop once it is safe and legal to do...

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Ryoko Mutasono
Okinawan summer at wagumi

Okinawan summer at wagumi

The Okinawa islands are a land of culture and craft, more than 600km south of Japan’s larger archipelago.  This summer we have been featuring some of the many great things made there, including ceramics, glass, textiles and music.   Where to go to find the true Japan?  For some intellectuals in the early 20th century, the answer was to its extremities.  Here, in places, such as Okinawa the spirt of craft and creation had survived the effects of industrialisation found elsewhere. Today too, the islands offer a different vision to other places in Japan, of a way of life, and...

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Ryoko Mutasono
LCW 2019: The Art of Repair: Kintsugi at wagumi

LCW 2019: The Art of Repair: Kintsugi at wagumi

A chance to connect with kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics. Workshops with Iku Nishikawa will offer accessible demonstration of how this craft creates a beautiful afterlife for tableware that has suffered accidents. Nature’s work is random, and beautiful. This spirit guides the ‘born but not made’ nature of patterned ceramics emerging from Japanese kilns.   About Kintsugi: Kintsugi is a process that uses lacquer, sealants and colour to trace the lines of an accident during use. The spontaneous moment of breakage is immortalised, and becomes a new feature. It allows the owner of the item not just...

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