this past weekend, we had the pleasure and privilege to meet a ceramics artist in Maple Ridge, BC. we have been admiring Junichi Tanaka's work, since we saw his pufferfish teapot in a shop in Toronto about 7 years ago.
Mr. Tanaka's pottery studio was exceptionally clean and organized (much in contrast to my own work space), the air resonated the peace and meditation of his craft. he had carefully laid out is collection for us to view. each piece was uniquely perfect - whispering for you to feel it's shape and the smooth texture of the flowing glaze. these hand made works of art serve an alternate purpose - as a cup, a teapot, a vase, a plate - and many of their designs bend conventions as truly unique works of art.
we left his studio with a few small souvenirs - and more importantly, we left his studio inspired, with peace in our hearts, and the yearning for a handmade life.
junichi tanaka's website:
a few stores where you can find junichi tanaka's work:
prime gallery in toronto
krager gallery in elora
circle craft in vancouver