Category Archives: Japan

Ryota Ishihara

Loving these porcelain pieces created by Japanese ceramic designer and artist, Ryota Ishihara. The artist was born in Hasami Town where major ceramic potters are at work.  He graduated from Arita High School Ceramic Department and continued his education at Halle University in Germany and Saga Arita Ceramic College.  He worked for an interior goods company and in 2013 became independent as Pebble Ceramic Design Studio.

More of his work can be found on his website, Facebook and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ryota Ishihara. 

Earl’s Favourites

One of the reasons we visit Japan often is to scout many of their unique products.  We found these on the Japanese online marketplace, Creema.  These are the creations of Osawa, a fashion magazine editor and Saka, a textile design major and illustrator.  They make leather accessories and bags sold under the brand name, Earl’s Favourites.  They have a retail store in Tokyo and conduct workshops as well. 

You can view more of their accessories on their website and on Creema.

Images:  Courtesy of Earl’s Favourites.

Kiyoshi Saito (1907 – 1997)

Kiyoshi Saito is a master Japanese printmaker and one of the first member in the sosaku hanga art movement.  Their action advocated principles of art that is “self-drawn”, “self-carved” and “self-printed” creating art for art’s sake. He worked as a sign painter apprentice but in 1932 moved to Tokyo to study art.  He developed a style of woodblock prints with a diminished color palette and simplified forms.  It is his compositions and aesthetic simplicity that attracted us to his work.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.