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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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Ryoko Mutasono

Kasama Freestyle: now at wagumi

Kasama Freestyle: now at wagumi

  Kasama Freestyle at wagumi At present at wagumi we have a collection of ceramics from Kasama. Under the title Kasama Freestyle, it is meant as an introduction to the great work in pottery you can find in this town around sixty miles north of Tokyo. Japan is full of pottery regions.  Each have their own characteristics, self-imposed restraints, and an idea of what you might find.  What is interesting about Kasama, is that it has none of these things.  Or rather that its characteristic is its sense of freedom. The background to this is in Kasama’s history, and its...

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Ryoko Mutasono

An unusual migration: The Wild Bird Society of Japan now at wagumi

An unusual migration: The Wild Bird Society of Japan now at wagumi

Earlier this year a Pacific Swift made an unexpected appearance in Aberdeenshire. A classic form in the Japanese summer sky, on spring migration it had somehow set out in the wrong direction and was found circling over Scotland. This was auspicious perhaps to the unusual migration we have also arranged from Japan, for late summer at wagumi.  In their home country the Wild Bird Society of Japan are known both for their work in conservation, and more recently for their engaging range of design products. These present a timely combination of practical style, and concern for the natural environment. Scan...

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Ryoko Mutasono

wagumi at London Craft Week

wagumi at London Craft Week

wagumi at London Craft Week: A Demonstration of Kintsugi At this year’s London Craft Week (3-7 May 2017), wagumi is going to participate in two ways.  Firstly we are taking part in the 'Our House' campaign at Selfridges and have an area of our product selections there.  This includes some wagumi classics such as Koishiwara Pottery, and Kaneko Kohyo ‘varietal’ sake cups, and some new items such as exclusive colours of Housengama’s Toki teapot design.  It is exciting to see our selections in this classic home of UK retail, and the event will run to mid-June. Secondly we will be...

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