Here’s Where You Can Buy Beautiful, Handmade Ceramics in Japan
The pieces will make wonderful additions to your home!
Creating traditional pottery has always been one of the ways Japanese artists showcase their skill and creativity. The ceramics are often put on display at places that house kilns, together with other works produced by artists in the area. Some of the older pottery originated from kilns located in Fukuoka, such as the Koishiwarayaki and Takatoriyaki.
Around the Itoshima area, more local artists are opening kilns to sell their works in.
Here, we introduce four shops that you can visit to purchase the local artists' pottery works.
Unagi no Nedoko
267, Motomachi, Yame-shi, Fukuoka
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Unagi no Nedoko Yame-shi displays and sells local everyday goods made in the Chikugo area. There are about 60 artists' and manufacturers' products, which feature warm designs. The wide range of works in Fukuoka is recognizable from the use of different soils and techniques.
The Flying Canna (¥525) was created from the desire to make a lot for little cost.
The Blue and White Buckwheat Cup (¥2,700) of Yoko pottery is colored blue, making it the perfect addition to your dining table.
Itoshima Ouen Plaza
30, Shimahatsu, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Itoshima Ouen Plaza has collected pieces from 70 artists who live in Itoshima-shi. The works make an attempt at capturing the bright and abundant nature of Itoshima, where the sea is beautiful.
The beer cup (¥2,160) of Futa Kiln has a beautiful hue and a soft line and fits hands perfectly.
The mug cup (¥2,808) of Tebineri-sha is handmade one by one. Its dainty designs show feminine gentleness.
This dish (¥7,560) of Itotozan Kiln shows the beautiful blue gradation patterns made by the traditional technique of dyeing Japanese paper.
Utsuwa to kurashi tecara
2261-10, Tominaga, Yoshii-
Open from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, they're open from 10 a.m. Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and first and third Thursdays of the month.
Utsuwa to kurashi tecara is a renovated private house, where the owner, Mika Kawaguchi, displays selected tableware, woodworks, clothes, accessories, everyday goods, and many more. The austere and simple designs of these pieces make the daily life of the person using them, convenient and comfortable.
It is interesting to hear the unique stories the artists in Fukuoka and Kyushu have about their handmade pottery.
The Ancient Tomb Plate (small ¥1,944), (medium ¥2,484), and (large ¥3,456) is by artist Kayo Hashizume. She incorporated "feminine softness" into its design.
The kettle (¥7,560) of Katsufumi Baba Pottery Workshop (Kurume-shi) is a compelling work designed to hold hot liquids.
Toho Antenna Shop With+
3-7-21, Torikai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Toho Antenna Shop With+ is where the specialties of the Toho village are lined up. It introduces and sells pottery works from 10 kilns in the village.
"The charm of Toho village is the warmth in people's hearts and their hospitality. I think this is seen in the pottery works. I am happy that people come to the village because the information on Toho village is spreading," said owner Erina Ueno.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™(16 May 2018)