Category Archives: Japan

Sakiyama Takayuki

These elegant stoneware are the works of Japanese ceramist, Sakiyama Takayuki. The artist graduated from Osaka Art College and set up a studio and built a special kiln on the west coast of Japan. On Beautiful People Liveart he says this about his work:

“All of my work is inspired by the sea, especially the natural curve created by the waves. When I was in junior high school I knew I had to find a way to be an artist and live by the sea. For three years after graduating from Osaka Art University, I traveled throughout Japan looking for an inspiring ocean view to set up my studio. I found that ideal spot on the west coast of the Izu Peninsula”.

The artist does not currently have a website but you can see more of his work at Mirviss Gallery.

Images: Courtesy of Sakiyama Takayuki.

Tokyo Pear

Tokyo Pear is a letterpress studio and shop that got its start in Seattle, Washington and then relocated to Japan in 2007. The brand is owned by Eriko and Darren who decided to introduce independent letterpress to Japan. Their graphics are minimal and show a definite folk art influence. You can follow them on their website and purchase a few of their items on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Tokyo Pear.

Ironna Happa

Coveting these embroidered pins sold under the Japanese brand name, Ironna Happa.  We don’t know the name of the maker but we do know that she graduated from the Japan Handicrafts Association Embroidery Teacher course and has been exhibiting since 2006. She produces each item with hemp cloth and embroidery thread. You can follow this artisan on Facebook and see more of her work on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Ironna Happa.