|Shino Takeda and her new creations|
|Must have a fan-it's been one hot summer in NYC!|
|the kilns-where the magic happens!|
|the vats-such hardwork mixing the glaze|
|clay and color samples for glaze|
|adorable spoons-new pieces available in our shop|
|bowl and hanging vase|
|salt spoon and dish/tea cup|
It was such a pleasure to not only learn about the process but to meet the person behind the pieces. I'm honored to get to know such a talented maker such as Shino. She's warm, down-to-earth and cheerful. I enjoyed chatting with her over our yummy Japanese lunch like long time friends just catchin' up. She grew up in Kyushu Island and was exposed to ceramics and art at an early age. Trained as ballet dancer (amazing!), she transitioned into the world of ceramics initially as a hobby. Shino is now involved in a joint venture called Katakana with fellow ceramicist Romy Northover. It's a design/lifestlye collaboration presenting home wares and supper clubs.
I truly enjoyed getting a wonderful glimpse of Shino's life as a ceramicist. The process is the perfect blend of the potter's hands and skill as well as science with an element of surprise. Just like life, it's about the journey of discovery and exploration!
Thank you so much Shino for graciously sharing your story and studio with us!