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Potter Kimie Asato / the 2nd volume

post : 2016.11.07 07:00

For the 1st volume, I asked Kimie about her secret passion about arabesque pattern which she has been working on nearly 20 years. Also, I learned about the same arabesque pattern dishes with different characteristic.

nife arabesque series (except the one with a polka-dot pattern)

Speaking of arabesque pattern dishes, you are also making warm style of dishes unlike cool and breezy nife arabesque series, correct?

You mean, dark brown series? 

dark brown series

That's correct. Do you draw both the same way? 

Yes, both impressions seem different, don’t they?

Both seem very different! Nife looks smart and prim, and dark brown seems calm and nice. Both patterns are the same but their impressions seem opposite.

I use white and red clays to make each series, and I also use different glazes. Unlike nife, dark brown is focusing on more chic image than contrast. 

I can see light brown on light petals.

I draw it with a brush, and some parts with lots of glaze turn white. Some parts where I released the pressure slowly transform into light brown after fire.

Soft neutral brown make dishes look soft.

The warmth of potteries show up on themselves, don’t they? They are perfect for calm wooden counters and tables, and they also add a special embellishment to a space.

The color changes after continue using them? 

Their luster gains more and transforms to calm color. They look totally different than first!

I want to see them!

I hope you will use them and take a look at the process. 

By the way, what do you value the most when you make potteries?

While keeping up a tradition, then create something that suits current lifestyle.

You mean, dishes for modern age? 

Yes. There are many things that I can learn from traditional Tsuboya pottery, but I think carrying tradition is not like imitation.

I think it is meaningful to understand traditional culture in my own way and hand down to following generations. Not only just inherit tradition, but also reflect the good part of it and express something that is good for current era.

Lifestyle changes, so it is natural to make things along at that time.

We eat different food than before, and sizes of dishes are also important. Style of housing is turning into the mixture of east and west … it is very important to make things that suits modern age. I think that is the way for crafts to survive.

Crafts are necessary in our daily lives, and we also need them, correct?

And I want to make dishes that many foods could be decorated, and also they have to be impressive to be chosen among the other dishes. That is why I paint them dynamically! lol I am trying to make people think to serve something with these dishes.

I thought about it when I bought a dish of nife for the first time! Not only regular meals like curry and rice, pasta, and others, but also those dishes are good to make a little something, and they have power to make a table gorgeous.

That was my point lol 

And since these dishes remind people of Okinawa, I thought they are good for souvenir and gift to Mainland Japan. 

Thank you very much.

I want to use dark brown next. It might be good to put simmered food or colorful cooked salad on these dishes. 

Please use them. They are good for autumn and winter seasons. 

Inside of the shop of Sinseitoubou

These dishes that Kimie makes are traditional, but her dishes can be used for modern age. Nife series features contrast of blue and white, feel the warmth from dark brown series. Both of them are the crafts that Okinawa can be proud of. I hope many people will use them and make their tables colorful.

Here is the 1st volume about arabesque pattern.

Sinseitoubou *a complex with a shop
Address: 260-6 Maji, Naha City
Tel: 098-851-9288
Business hours: 9:00 – 18:00
Closed: Thu (inquire for Sat, Sun, and Japanese holidays)

◇ The list of stores where everybody can purchase nife arabesque series

Address: 2-7-15 Makishi, Naha City
Tel: 098-866-2501
Business hours: 14:00-19:00
Closed: Sun

◇ nife arabesque series *online store

Okinawa CLIP photo writer Akiko Ono