Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year Sale - Sara Japanese Pottery

Dear Friends,

We hope you had a wonderful Holiday with your family and friends.
Although the snow storm has blown through and it is cold outside, we are open and keeping it very warm in the store!
Our first SALE of 2011 will start on January 3rd, we look forward to seeing all of you.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!!

Japanese Pottery
950 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10021
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Holy Snow!

This is a picture of the 69th and Lexington Avenue in this morning... no car, very a few people walking on the street. Actually there was beautiful sun in the afternoon but as you know, it's gonna be really messy at night again. Stay warm!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

We will be closed on 25th of December.
Have wonderful Holidays.

Friday, December 3, 2010

We are Open 7 days a week in December!

Holiday greetings to you and your families!
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we will be open 7 days a week in December until holiday.

Store hours are as follows:
Monday thru Friday 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

We have many new great gift ideas in stock now!
We look forward to seeing you all.

Monday, November 8, 2010


A great big thank you to all of you who attended our Kazu Oba OMOTENASHI Reception last Thursday! It was great seeing everyone. The event was a huge success. We hope everyone enjoyed Kazu's beautiful pottery and the OMOTENASHI experience of Japanese hospitality.

Wasn't the food prepared by Kazu delicious? Can't forget the sake, Mizbasho and Ninki-ichi.

We even had a special guest via Skype... Kazu's master Takashi Nakazato.

As you can see from Kazu's BIG SMILE, he went home extremely happy and sends his best to everyone who helped make his New York debut so memorable.
We hope you enjoyed!!! Until next time...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kazu Oba's " Omotenashi" - Hospitality- New York Debut Reception Night.

Handmade Japanese Cuisine & Dishes by Kazu Oba.Artist Reception

November 4th 2010 6-8pm at Sara Japanese Pottery.( 950Lexington Avenue New York NY 10021)

Kazu Oba could be the last apprentice of Takashi Nakazato as he no longer takes apprentices.Oba himself confesses that he was the worst of Nakazato's apprentices.

Born 1971 in Kobe, Japan, Oba first moved to the states in 1989. In 1999 he began his apprenticeship under sculptor Jerry Wingren and has occasionally worked with him in Sweden. In 2001 he had his first encounter with Nakazato at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. The first day they met, Nakazato invited Oba to a dinner at his home, a dinner prepared by Nakazato himself. Oba strongly wanted to become Nakazato's apprentice, however some time before this meeting Nakazato had made public that he will no longer be taking apprentices. Knowing this Oba could not bring himself to ask Nakazato to take him as an apprentice. Two years went by, still Oba yearned to become Nakazato's apprentice. Probably sensing Oba's wish, Nakazato asked Oba if he wanted to become his apprentice. In 2003 Oba's dream finally became reality as he started his new life in Karatsu as Nakazato's apprentice. However this dream did not last long, Nakazato said to Oba, "Perhaps, becoming a potter is not for you. You would be best off finding another road." Oba returned to Colorado in late 2004 not yet ready to give up on his dreams of becoming a potter. His belief is this, being able to appreciate the quality and the greatness of Nakazato's work meant that one day he could possibly achieve that, and with this belief he continues to produce in his studio. For the following years, he has often worked with Nakazato as an assistant when Nakazato visited various locations. This winter they are invited to produce work at art centers in Denmark, Germany, Arizona and back in Colorado. Living side by side with Nakazato, Oba has seen Nakazato not merely as a pottery teacher, but rather a master for life. In the spring of 2009 his persistence and beliefs began to bear fruit, as Nakazato acknowledged Oba's work and invited him to a show with him at Ichibankan Gallery in Fukuoka, Japan. Since then they have been jointly shown at Walker fine Art in Colorado in the fall, again at Ichibankan in the spring this year and at Manyoudou in Ginza, Tokyo.His selected collections include the Denver Art Museum and the Idemitsu Museum.

This reception is a celebration of Kazu Oba's debut in New York. The artist himself will welcome each one of you with his handmade Japanese cuisine presented on his works of art. Japanese Sakes, Ninki-ichi and Mizbasho will be served to accompany Oba's handmade foods. Please join us and witness the moment as the Ugly Duckling takes flight for the first time as a Swan .

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thank you for coming to Kaga Kutani Show!

Thank you for coming evryone!
We had a good time.

Thank you very much for the demonstrations Naoto and Ruri!
Thank you very much for the explanations Ai and Taro!
Thank you very much for the"Ichishima Sake" Michael-san and Tomoko-san.
Thank you very much everyone at Mugi Studio, Outi-san, Olga-san and Elizabeth-san.
Thank you very much very much every one at NY Togeikyoshitsu and Mako-san.

And thank you very much for brought all of this Gallery Hagi , Ms Toyoko Shimoguchi!
You made it real!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Kaga Kutani- Next Generation of Porcelain Paintings-

Sara Japanese Pottery & Gallery Hagi Present

『加賀 九谷 Kaga-Kutani
Next Generation of Porcelain Paintings
Exhibition and Demonstration

At Sara Japanese Pottery Oct. 9th to 13th 2010

Kaga Kutani is a traditional pottery style dating back 350 years. At Sara Japanese Pottery, we will be featuring the new generation of the Kaga Kutani artists and their pieces. There will also be a demonstration by the artists at 3 locations; Sara Japanese Pottery, Mugi Studio, and Tougeikyoshitsu. Please contact Naoki at Sara Japanese Pottery for more information.
Please join us to experience the universe of breathtakingly intricate brush strokes by the Kaga Kutani artists.

Please join us for the Artist Reception on Saturday, October 9th , 2010, 6-8 pm

Naoto Ikeshima and Ruri Takeuchi will demonstrate their porcelain painting techniques.

Also featuring Sake Tasting presented by KANO SYUZOU CO., LTD. (Jo-Kigen), Ichishima Sake Brewery Inc. (Ichishima)

We will be open on Sunday for this special event.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thank you for coming !! Opening reception of Mike Weber Show!

Sep. 11th was one of the Busiest Saturday's for New Yorker's I believe.

With the end of summer, being the day right after the holidays, Tennis match and Mike Weber Show@ Sara Japanese Pottery!!

During the daytime we were having such a calm and relaxing mood on upper east side.Some of Mike's big fans came to talk.

Then around 6 pm when reception started a lot of people came to the show to talk with Mike!!

Thank you very much for coming by everyone.

We had a good time!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mike Weber-Sculpture and Vessel-2010

Mike Weber is going to come to New York from his deep forest in Wisconsin tomorrow.
It is so exiting to see him once a while.

Mike Weber -Sculpture and Vessel-

Mike Weber has a very unique career of spanning over 40 years.

The first 20 years was spent creating and showing colorful sculptures together with the students of Spanish artist Miro. Then came the next 20 years, where he suddenly turned his focus to Japanese influenced bowls. Mike Weber Sculpture and Vessel show, taking place at Sara Japanese Pottery on Lexington Avenue, will focus on this second half of his great career through his most recent works.

Since building a small Anagama kiln at the recommendation of Shiro Tsujimura, Mike's works have flourished into a whole new level. Mike only uses red pine wood from start to finish for his firings, perhaps this is the secret to the unbelievable results of his works.

Mike once told me, " I'd rather use clay that's like a wild horse, difficult and hard to handle, rather than using refined clay. The wild horse spinning on the wheel results in the clay shaping itself naturally. " You will see this natural side of Mike in his works.

Mike will be at Sara Japanese Pottery for the Artist Reception on September 11th, and will be stopping by the store on the 12th and the 13th. Please come by to meet Mike in person, you are sure to have a wonderful moment with an artist with a fabulous personality.

Show Schedule: September 11th (Saturday) 12:00 ~ 20:00

September 12th (Sunday) 12:00 ~ 18:00

September 13th (Monday) 11:00 ~ 19:00

Artist Reception: September 11th (Saturday) 18:00 ~ 20:00

The reception will feature Dassai sake from Asahishuzo.

Address: 950 Lexington Avenue (between 69th and 70th) @ Sara Japanese Pottery

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wooden Spinning Tops from Hokkaido, Japan.

Small, wooden spinning tops.

Spins very well.

Very famous studio, 45 years of making these tops in Asahikawa city, Hokkaido. Wood and a wheel is all it takes, and each piece is carved by hand.

If you leave on top the coffee table, everyone is sure to pick one up and start spinning. I'm sure you did too, when

you were young.

Watching the tops spin bring a sense of peacefulness.

Dreidles for Chanukah!?

I played it often during new year holidays.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Coming Soon: Mike Weber Sculpture and Vessel Show

Sara Japanese Pottery presents Mike Weber Sculpture and Vessel Show
@ our store 950 Lexington Avenue (btwn 69th/70th)
The show will take place from September 11 - 13.
We will be open on Sunday September 12th for this special show.

Please join us for the opening reception on September 11th from 6:00 to meet Mike Weber.
We will also be featuring Asahishuzo's DASSAI sake at the reception.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Kiri Wooden Boxes for Mike's Tea Bowls arrives from Japan!!!

With Mike Weber's show just around the corner, we finally received our much anticipated Kiri wood boxes for his beautiful tea bowls.

The bow is made of silk and each tea bowl has its own custom box, just to its measurements.

The wooden boxes are still unsigned... Mike will be signing each box at the show as they are purchased.

We hope you come and join us for Mike Weber 2010 show, opening reception on September 11th (Sat) from 6:00 pm.
The show will continue on the 12th and the 13th, please stop by to have a chat with Mike.
Look forward to seeing you!

Friday, August 6, 2010

The first assistance at the shop

I brought my son to the shop for a day.
He is in the middle of summer vacation now.
A customer came and asked us to delivery that item to his apartment near by.

OK, let me delivery that my son Yu said.

This is really the first time walking down the street by himself.

I'm so proud you could do that!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Summer Sake Set!!

Do you know "Katakuchi Pouring Bowl"
I really like it to use my sake serving!
We got Red Lacquer one from Kyushu, Japan.

And hand blown sake glasses from Tokyo are matching so nice.

Full of Sake fragrance in the room when you pour Sake to the glass.

3 sizes of Lacquer Poring Bowls nesting together.

Here is my Summer Sake set!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bamboo Bugs from Japan!

Hot summer in New York!
How's it going around you?

We got Bugs from Japan which made of bamboo.
I thought just for display but I like it so much!
They are different kind of bugs.
Maybe you can use it on the table for summer presentations!

Bell Cricket on the green Leaf.

Mantis were always my favorite !

Bell Cricket.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tomato Salad on Our Yururi Plate

I was invited one of the my customer's new apartment upper east side in New York.
She used our Yururi Plate for fresh tomato salad so beautifully with some herbs and mozzarella cheese.
That was so good with a glass of Rose.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Greetings from Mike Weber

Mike Weber’s 2010 Anagama Wood-Fire Workshop

I just finished conducting my 14-day 2010 Anagama Wood-Fire Workshop in Herbster, Wisconsin. There was one participant from Australia and the others were from different parts of the United States. All of the pieces fired were created during the workshop. It was a very successful firing with a great group of people. The work really looked good and everyone was happy. I was fortunate enough to create some Hikidashi-Guro tea bowls during the firing.
Currently, I am working in my studio preparing for another firing of my own work.
-Mike Weber
Lightning the kiln.
Pulling Hikidashi-Guro from the Kiln.
Hikidashi-Guro Cooling.
Hikidashi-Guro Cooled.
2010 Workshop Group.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Truthseekers @ The Local 269 on June 23rd

That was so nice to see you all.
We had no drummer for this gig but, that was so tight and all of us are so close on the stage.
-1 makes thing +1 sometimes right ?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Harem-125th street Station . Have you ever seen?

Last Saturday, when I was trying to get the Grand Central Station there was no downtown service at the time.
I got an idea to take uptown train to get Harem- 125th street station instead of taking a buss to the Grand Central Station.
That was so quick than I thought and found out interesting details of this station.
The entrance of the station is on the 125th street ,under the railroad.
There are traffic jam always I usually looked from the train.
It is so clean and nice details of interior design, some people are waiting their train comes.
Do you know there is " The National Jazz Museum in Harem" we can see it from the platform?
Here is my train comes!
I gotta go back to home now.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Babe Ruth Tunnel !

My house is very close to along the Bronx River Parkway where I previously posted on my blog as "Bycycle Sundays".
And there is a small tunnel called " Babe Ruth Tunnel" right on the corner of the Leewood Country Club.
This tunnel is so convenience to get through to the Bronx River Parkway and looks also nice!
I love it! I couldn't find his name anywhere by the tunnel, however, people call it "Babe Ruth Tunnel".

According to the Leewood CC's website, the tunnel leading to the Bronx River Parkway next to our front entrance was put there, so Ruth could make a quick exit from the golf course to Yankee Stadium....