About Aware

Elegant and flowing form that fits straight into one’s hands, texture like handmade Japanese paper, subtle shading, and the beautiful image of the dishes stacked on top of each other. We place great importance on the touch of the tableware and the feeling when you bring it to your mouth. In the search for a design that is easy to hold, we settled on the organic form of WASARA. It has a natural fit with the curvature of human hands, and brings grace to the movements of everyone who holds it. With elegant form and texture that reflect its handcrafted roots, WASARA is the essence of functional beauty, made possible by the unparalleled skill of Japanese craftsmen. Such skillful modeling has resulted in these exquisite forms overflowing with character.

Disposable tableware from Wasara

Susumu Yokota, Sakura - (2000)

Shiro Tsujimura, Solo Exhibition "Tuchi (Soil)", 2012
Imura art gallery, Kyoto, Japan
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Kami Ya Co. Ltd. Shiro Tsujimura, Enkai Banquet, うたげ (2.3.2020-2.29.2020)

Gallery O Square. Lee Heon Jung Exhibition, Journey Part I.. (11.20.2019-12.31.2019)

A world of dew,
And within every dewdrop
A world of struggle.

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

Satoshi Nishikawa & Yuji Ueno, 2019

Exploring harmony

In both his sculptural and functional wares, Kanagawa-based ceramicist Satoshi Nishikawa explores the contradiction of modern and ancient. He does this by combining conflicting forms, materials, and textures: mixing rough soil with straight sides or marrying prehistoric colors—primarily white, black, and red—with large, bulbous bodies. Pick up an object by Nishikawa and one will feel a sense of necessity in harmony: old and new, soft and hard, form and function. The ceramicist expounds a more relaxed—in fact, balanced—approach to primarily function- or form-based artists.

And yet, it is his collaborations with ikebana artist Yuji Ueno that truly highlight and elevate Nishikawa's intent. In a 2016 interview in which the artists interview each other², Ueno describes his work as a study and extension of the vessels he works with. "There are many people who are attracted to the expression of their flowers rather than their relationship with the vase, " he explains, "and because of [this], [sometimes] an artist is distrusted that he may be able to live with the vessel alone." Ueno works to uphold the proportions and shape of the vessels its arrangements sit in—and this is precisely why Ueno and and Nishikawa's works are so powerful together. By creating a union of flower and container, Ueno and Nishikawa demonstrate the beauty of "wa・和": living in harmony.

¹: Interview with Satoshi Nishikawa
²: Nishikawa and Ueno joint interview

Jason Polan