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.
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.
While using classical motifs, we also incorporate new designs, and strive to create pieces that are “somewhat new” rather than “completely new.
We present and sell our works mainly in our studio’s gallery, at exhibitions throughout Japan, and on our e-commerce site.
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.
We hope to provide a space where Ruri’s tableware will make the ordinary table seem a little richer.
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.
Porcelain dishes with deep blue spreading make every day a little better.
We want to be a kiln that pursues the depth and breadth of blue.
Creativity, integrity, and being close to people’s lives.
|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.|