“I am attracted to the astonishing energy of nature. I like witnessing the cycle of trees and plants and flowers, how they change and progress day by day as leaves and flowers emerge in spring, how the shades of green deepen in summer, and how they let go and shed petals and leaves when their time has come.” I feel the powerful flow of nature in Hanako vessels. Their contours bulge forcefully, and the edges cut sharply.
Hanako produces as many as 10,000 pieces of pottery each year. This overwhelming strength and power of creation is the soul of Hanako’s vessels. For her first solo exhibition at Nichinichi, Hanako sent us about 400 pieces created for “ART OF TEA” .
Rhythmically arranged in the gallery, Hanako’s vessels look like a blossoming field of flowers. They resemble the hundreds of flowers blossoming in nature during May.
We hope you will find your utensils in time for the coming new tea season. Please choose from the many types of tea cups, small tea bowls, tea pots, flower vessels and small dishes.
Hanako NAKAZATO | 中里花子
Hanako Nakazato grew up in Karatsu, moved to the U.S. by herself at the age of 16, and spent the next half of her life in America. After graduating from college, she returned to her hometown to study ceramics under her father, Takashi Nakazato, and held numerous solo exhibitions in Japan and the U.S., beginning with a father-daughter exhibition at Manyo-do in Tokyo in 2000. In 2007, she established her own studio, Monohanako, in her hometown of Karatsu, Japan. In 2010, she established Monohanako West in Maine. Currently, she divides her time between Karatsu and Maine, traveling back and forth between both homes.
Prairie STUART-WOLFF | プレイリー・スチュアート-ウォルフ
Prairie Stuart-Wolff grew up in rural New England. She currently works as a food journalist based in Karatsu, Japan and Maine. She publishes CULTIVATED DAYS, a web magazine featuring insightful essays about traditional Japanese food culture. The magazine has drawn attention from people all over the world. For people who are interested in experiencing the highlights of Japanese food culture in person, Prairie launched MIRUKASHI Salon. She hosts intimate gatherings of special guests exploring one of the world’s finest culinary traditions, while enjoying the flavors of the season. Do not hesitate to have a look at her website.