Image of Honey Yellow Shinogi Bud Vase

Honey Yellow Shinogi Bud Vase


We’re delighted to bring Japanese potter Aya Ogawa’s ceramics to the UK. Having studied under veteran potter Eric Landon, Aya handcrafts each unique piece in her Tokyo studio.

In Japanese there is a word 幸 (sachi) which translates as good fortune, and happy accidents. Aya’s craft embraces such serendipity, the unpredictability of nature and how it expresses itself differently for every piece. The unexpected expression of the glaze, because the kiln has changed, the season has changed, the atmosphere has changed, the makeup of the clay has changed. Each piece captures clay and nature at a certain time and place. And in turn a vase, and its blooms, introduce nature into a space. Nature and pottery and the hand of the potter become inextricably intertwined.

Contrary to its diminutive size, each vase projects its presence and warmth into the room. They’re pint size and in thrall to the seasons.

Aya applies an ancient technique of Japanese ‘shinogi’, whereby the surface of the clay is scraped away line by line to form ridges.

Measures approx. 75mm tall. As each piece is individually handmade the colours and shaping may vary slightly from the image shown.

Gift wrapped in tissue paper

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