SAKAMOTO KILN ARITA

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Interview

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——The deep blue color of the “Ruri”, “lapis lazuli glaze,”, series is striking. What is the motif and how is it made?

I am aiming for the blue of the deep sea and the sky before dawn, colors that humans instinctively find “beautiful”. I use a glaze called ruriyu (lapis lazuli) glaze. Although this technique has been used since the Edo period, it is very delicate, easily cracks during firing, and has a low yield rate, but it is exceptionally beautiful when completed.

——How did you become a potter?

In my early twenties, I worked as a long-haul truck driver, but when I became ill, I returned to my hometown and attended a ceramic college, where I first encountered pottery. In my late 20s, during my apprenticeship as a potter, I became fascinated with the world of glazes and fell in love with the deep blue lapis lazuli glaze that no one else could imitate, and eventually became independent.

——The paintings by your wife, Miho, have a wonderful pattern that makes us feel nostalgic and mysterious, even though we see it for the first time. What does Miho keep in mind when creating her works?

While using classical motifs, we also incorporate new designs, and strive to create pieces that are “somewhat new” rather than “completely new.

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——How do you present your work now?

We present and sell our works mainly in our studio’s gallery, at exhibitions throughout Japan, and on our e-commerce site.

——What is the source of inspiration for your creations?

We like Ko-Imari, so we often get the base of my designs from there. In addition, we are sometimes inspired by the scenery and culture we see on our travels and use them in our designs.

——What do you want to convey through your works?

We hope to provide a space where Ruri’s tableware will make the ordinary table seem a little richer.

——What makes Sakamoto Kiln different from other kilns?

Tatsuya Sakamoto’s world of lapis lazuli glaze is unparalleled. Since we can only produce small quantities, the opportunities to showcase his work are limited, but we hope that you will enjoy the charm of this rarity.

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Collection

Rinka Mame, floral-shaped small, dish

Rinka Mame, floral-shaped small, dish Ruri color chrysanthemum split-ring flower small dish Pressure cast molding Product Size W8㎝×D8㎝×H2㎝ Product Weight Approx. 69g Product Material Porcelain Place of origin Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, Japan Variation Peta-dish(”Fuka Ruri“,”deep lapis lazuli”)Peta-dish(”Fuka Ruri“,”deep lapis lazuli”) It is difficult to create a flattened shape after firing. It may be a [...]

Peta-dish (”Kure Ruri“,”lapis lazuli”)

Peta-dish (”Kure Ruri“,”lapis lazuli”) It is difficult to make a flattened shape after firing. It is difficult to make a flattened shape after firing. Fruits, Japanese sweets, Western sweets, etc. Temari Sushi, Cappa Maki, Sashimi, etc. Rokuro molding Hand-painting Product Size W15㎝×D15㎝×H1.5㎝ Product Weight Approx. 356g Product Material Porcelain Place of origin Arita Town, Saga [...]

Peta-dish(”Fuka Ruri“,”deep lapis lazuli”)

Peta-dish(”Fuka Ruri“,”deep lapis lazuli”) It is difficult to create a flattened shape after firing. It may be a little flattened. Fruits, Japanese sweets, Western sweets, etc. Temari Sushi, Kappamaki, etc. Rokuro molding Hand-painting Product Size W15㎝×D15㎝×H1.5㎝ Product Weight Approx. 356g Product Material Porcelain Place of origin Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, Japan Variation

Philosophy

Mission

Porcelain dishes with deep blue spreading make every day a little better.

Vision

We want to be a kiln that pursues the depth and breadth of blue.

Value

Creativity, integrity, and being close to people’s lives.

Profile

SAKAMOTO KILN ARITA Established in September 1999
Kuromuta Kiln in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan Exhibited and sold works at national exhibitions and art exhibitions.
​​Sakamoto Tatsuya He has gained experience in winning prizes at public exhibitions, etc., and works hard every day to improve his skills. Sakamoto Tatsuya is the mainstay of our kiln as an artist of "Ruri", "lapis lazuli glaze,", which is rare among Arita porcelain.
​​Miho Sakamoto Miho Sakamoto is an underglaze painter who mainly works with underglaze blue Arita porcelain.

Company info

Name SAKAMOTO KILN ARITA
Head Office 3127-1, Hei, Kuromuta, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga 844-0022, Japan
Tel 0955-43-4615
Mail info@sakamoto-kama.com
HP http://www.sakamoto-kama.com/
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