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About AkaiCeramicStudio

Sales 60
On Etsy since 2013

Boy meets ceramics

AKAI CERAMIC STUDIO is a small, family-owned studio, operated by myself Yusuke, and my wife, Naomi. We have been creating our ceramics in this our studio since September 2012.
Both of us were born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Sixteen years ago, we moved to Toronto Canada.

I threw a tea bowl on the wheel for the first time in my life at age 13. I was so blown away by that experience that I have continued to create to this day. In my teens, I focused on traditional Japanese and Chinese ceramics; I taught myself the techniques by visiting regions famous for pottery making, and becoming acquainted myself with potters throughout Japan. In my twenties, I became drown drawn to American industrial design, especially that of the 1960s, and started collecting pieces from that era. After university, I worked as a designer and buyer of tableware by day, and as a potter by night. At the same time, I ran my own pottery-making classes and continued to make ceramics.

After moving to Canada, I was fortunate enough to help potters and occasionally run my own workshops. But those activities were not sufficient to make a living, so I had to have a full-time job. Finally, about two years ago, I was able to spend more time on pottery making. Beginning with the 2012 Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts show in Toronto, we have participated in many craft shows and sold our work to lifestyle stores.

My wife, Naomi, is an architect trained in Japan with extensive experience in designing kitchens and commercial spaces. She has worked on residential houses and cottages for 15 years since coming to Canada. With her architectural background, she brings invaluable ideas to my pottery work, and adds flavor to it. She also works behind the scenes as photographer and web master for the AKAI CERAMIC STUDIO.

We aim to excel in simple, timeless, beautiful (yet fun!), easy-to-use forms. We believe in the beauty of functional design, and hope our tableware will add colour to your life.

All of our ceramics meet health and safety standards, and they are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Shop members

  • Yusuke Akai


  • Naomi Akai

    Designer & Photographer

Shop policies

Last updated on July 14, 2016

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you find that your piece has been broken in shipping, you will need to send us a digital image of breakage within 7 days of receiving your item(s). Because our ceramic products are all handmade, we cannot send exact same piece. Therefore, we will refund your purchase price including shipping upon proof of damage.

If you are not happy with our ceramic products, you can return it within one week of receiving it for a full refund not including shipping costs.
Payment through PayPal.
You don't need to have a PayPal account to make the purchase. You can use your credit card through PayPal as well.
All items are shipped via Canada Post with tracking number. If you want to reduce the shipping cost, we can send a package without tracking number. Please send a convo before you place an order. Additional costs apply for expedited shipping. Please contact us prior to purchase to arrange for special shipping.
If your shipping costs are less than what we have charged, we will REFUND the difference if the difference is $2.00 or more.

We can deliver our products if you are located in the GTA. Please send a convo before you order.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is available. Please contact us for a quote. Shipping internationally may take longer than you expected, so please give yourself plenty of time to receive the package on time.

Please note: The buyer is responsible for any custom taxes/charges in their country/state.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please contact us regarding bigger quantities or custom made orders. It will usually take us about 3-4 weeks to complete the order but bigger quantities will take longer. It all depends on the quantity.
Wholesale and consignment merchants are welcome. Please contact us for further details.