Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kazu Oba Exhibition 6/28,29,30,7/1 -Imperfect Pottery-

- Imperfect Pottery -
June 28th, 29th, 30th, July 1st. 2013

Artist Reception
June 28th, 6 pm - 8 pm 

Sara Japanese Pottery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Kazu Oba.

In 2010, Kazu’s first show at Sara told the story of how he became a potter.
In 2012, we exhibited his works made during his residencies in Germany, Denmark and Japan.

This exhibition will investigate his philosophy behind his pottery and the food culture around his pottery.
It will also showcase his most recent works including the wood-fired pieces from New Mexico.

To Kazu Oba, What is pottery?

“They are simply dishes used for dining. ”
"I'm never interested in making the pottery for the sake of making pottery.  I just like to be contributing in the great dining experience.  What I think as successful dish is something not quite fully realized, they may be short of what we expect to be "perfect", so that when you place food in them, hopefully then they could become something closer to be complete."
“It is not really about the pottery, it's about the food that goes in it.”
"I worked in restaurants for more than 10 years and that's how I became interested in pottery.  For my work I emphasize the relationship between food and pottery, and acknowledge that it is the collaboration between the person who makes food and the person who makes pottery.  The food comes first but not the container."

At first glance, Kazu's pottery may not seem appealing, but with a closer observation, there is a quality of great possibilities hidden within.

Collaborated works with Gen Saratani
Gen Saratani, a lacquerware artist working in the United States, is exceptional in his innovative design and style.
The works collaborated with Gen will be shown in this exhibition. 
Please join us for the Opening Reception tomorrow, June 28th Friday.
The exhibition will be on four days, Kazu will be at the store.

June 28th Fri. 11am - 8 pm
June 29th Sat. 12pm - 6 pm
June 30th Sun. 12pm - 6 pm
July  1st   Mon. 11am - 7 pm

*His past exhibition at Sara. Click the link below
Exhibition 2012 at Sara -Wood Fired Pottery Around the World -
Exhibition 2011 at Sara - Omotenashi (Hospitality) -

Monday, June 24, 2013

Opal Tumbler from Hirota Studio

Our long-term best seller Opal Tumbler from Hirota Studio, Japan.

About a hundred years ago, these opal glasses were produced extensively. The unique patterns are created through a thermotype technique.

Enjoy how they produce your table.

The pattern is emphasized by water inside.

 7.5 ounces, 3"1/2 Height  3"1/4 Diameter

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hanako Nakazato's Studio in Japan

Watch a video of Hanako Nakazato make pottery at her studio in Karatsu, Japan, and talk about her process.

 Her style focuses on integrating traditional Karatsu style with new designs and processes. 

Watch the video here.  It is only available in Japanese.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Works from Mike Weber

Mike Weber's new works have arrived from deep forest in Wisconsin.
A little hydrangea shows more beautiful with his bud vase.
Please stop by, take a look, feel his works.
Sake cups, Soy plates, Serving platters and hanging vases...everything has so much characters!

Mike's Bud Vase with Hydrangea
Bud Vase : φ3"1/2 x H 5" ( topφ1"3/4)

Sake Cups
A variety of colors naturally came out from wood ash.
φ2"1/8 x H2"

SQ Soy Plates
Flame made remarkable design on the plates.
5"1/2 x 5"1/2

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Kazu's New Shino Glaze : Kazu Oba Exhibition 2013

Kazu's New Shino Glaze

Kazu is excited to introduce about new style of glaze, new Shino glaze.
His new Shino glaze is the result of years of artistry.
It is the meeting point between the goofy and sophisticated aesthetic of Shino.
This will be just one of the elements in this exhibition at Sara.
It will be presented alongside his other works for you to come and enjoy!

A native from Kobe, Japan, Oba first moved to the states in 1989. He studie d under two masters. In 1999 he began his apprenticeship under sculptor Jerry Wingren and has frequently worked with him internationally. In 2003 and 2004, Kazu apprenticed under Takashi Nakazato in Karatsu, one of the oldest ceramic centers of Japan.

In past years, he traveled to show and produce work at art centers in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Japan, Washington, NYC, Arizona, New Mexico and back in Colorado. His w ork has been shown at Ichibankan Gallery in Fukuoka, Japan, Manyoudou in Ginza, Tokyo, The Smithsonian, Walker Fine Art in Denver and Sara Japanese Pottery in NYC. His work is in the permanent collection of Denver Art Museum, Idemitsu Museum in Tokyo and Grimmerhus (Museum of International Ceramic Art) in Denmark.

*Click the link below
Exhibition 2012 at Sara -Wood Fired Pottery Around the World -
Exhibition 2011 at Sara - Omotenashi (Hospitality) - 
- Imperfect Pottery -

at Sara Japanese Pottery
June 28th Fri. 11am - 8 pm *Artist Reception 6pm - 8 pm
June 29th Sat. 12pm - 6 pm
June 30th Sun. 12pm - 6 pm
July  1st   Mon. 11am - 7 pm

Please join us for the Artist Reception on June 28th Friday.
Kazu will be pleased to see you at Sara during the exhibition!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Edo-Kiriko Glass, set of 5

Edo-Kiriko is a glass craft which has been handed down in Edo (current Tokyo) since the end of the Edo period. The first products of Edo-Kiriko were made by Kyubei Kagaya. He run a wholesale shop of Vidro in Edo.

This set of 5 beautiful Edo-Kiriko glasses are from Hirota Glass Studio, established 1899 in Tokyo, Japan. They have been making hand made glass over 100 years.

Those are excellently designed with their stripes, checks, dots and mash. Great for Wine, Champagne, Juice, and we strongly recommend for SAKE !

size/ 6 oz set of 5 w/ Kiri wooden box


Monday, June 3, 2013

New Works from Kazu Oba

New arrivals from Kazu Oba.
Please stop by to see his amazing works.