Bluemics

Modern Japanese Ceramics

Okayama, Japan | 83 Sales

Bluemics

Modern Japanese Ceramics

Okayama, Japan 83 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (29)

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I am a traditionally trained Japanese potter but like to work in a modern style. My work is exhibited three to four times a year in Japan. Etsy is the only venue where my work is available to an international audience.

I live and work in Okayama, which has a rich pottery tradition dating back over a thousand years. I received my formal training in Seto-City in Aichi Prefecture, another center for ceramics in Japan.

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Last updated on Nov 13, 2017

Featured on Etsy's Fresh shops blog:
https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/fresh-shop-bluemics/

I am a traditionally trained Japanese potter but like to work in a modern style. My work is exhibited three to four times a year in Japan. Etsy is the only venue where my work is available to an international audience.

I live and work in Okayama, which has a rich pottery tradition dating back over a thousand years. I received my formal training in Seto-City in Aichi Prefecture, another center for ceramics in Japan.

Kimiko Kotouge

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Kimiko Kotouge

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About

I realized how much just one little dish can enrich a person’s life, and I found that I wanted to create these works of art.

My name is Kimiko Kotouge and my shop is Bluemics. I was born and raised in Okayama, Japan, where I now own a kiln and work.

In my early twenties, I went by chance to a pottery lesson with my older sister. Touching clay for the first time, I discovered a fun new world. At that time, my mother was running a soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant, and I became interested in the relation between food and the dish it is served upon. I realized how much just one little dish can enrich a person’s life, and I found that I wanted to create these works of art.

I went to Shigaraki, a major center for Japanese pottery, to learn tsukuri, or construction. Through my studies, I became eager to learn about etsuke, a painting technique, so I went to a specialized school in Seto and got a job at a kiln there. While working as a painter and designer at the kiln, I continued to study on my own.

At the specialized school in Seto, I learned a technique called sometsuke dyeing. I liked the fresh blue and white of classic sometsuke works and wanted to create my own pieces, adding my own touch to the tradition. After making various trial pieces, I found my present style.

Dyed works are usually made of kaolin but I use argil to add warmth. Round pieces are mainly shaped on the wheel. For the others, I use plaster molds. After molding, the pieces are biscuit-fired. Then they are covered in white sand and fired again in the kiln. Next I paint each piece, drawing brushstroke by brushstroke with underglaze color called zaffer (cobalt). Finally, the pieces are glost-fired in a gas-fired kiln for twelve hours.

My recent pieces reflect my interest in tiny dishes called mame-zara, which just big enough to fit in one’s palm. “Mame-zara” or “bean dishes” have long been made in Japan and come in various shapes and patterns such as flowers, animals and landscapes. They are works with a sense of fun. I am fascinated by this small and condensed cosmos and hope to keep these traditions alive through my work.

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  • Kimiko Kotouge

    Owner, Creator

  • Rie Fast

    Customer Service, Shipper

  • Hiroshi Miyai

    Customer Service, Shipper

Shop policies

Last updated on July 4, 2013
Welcome to my shop. If there is something you like that is sold out, please contact me as I may have something similar in stock, or be able to make a new one.

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Returns and exchanges
Should damage occur, the buyer will receive a full refund if item is returned within three days after it's received. As items are one of a kind, ordering a replacement may be possible, but might take time to produce.
Shipping
Ceramic items are carefully wrapped and packaged and highly unlikely to break in transit. Items are shipped via Express Mail Service (EMS) and are insured.