NichibeiPotters

Exquisite handmade Japanese pottery since 1985.

Sebastopol, California

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Announcement    Cheryl and Mikio have been making refined elegant pottery in their Sebastopol studio since 1985. Cheryl apprenticed in Japan for 6 years, met Mikio there, married and returned to California. Mikio had been a commodities broker in Japan and felt little joy in that field. One day, After they had to put a tiny studio in Forestville California, Mikio looked over and said to Cheryl “that looks like fun”. A partnership was born.She taught Mikio the basics and he took off, developing his carving to the mastery you see now. Together, they grew Nichibei to become a nationally acclaimed pottery studio. Gratitude is the best word they can use to describe how they feel having been able to make their living as full-time Studio Potters for the past 36 years. It’s not an easy feat, and Cheryl And Mikio are deeply grateful to their wonderful customers

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Last updated on May 18, 2021

Cheryl and Mikio have been making refined elegant pottery in their Sebastopol studio since 1985. Cheryl apprenticed in Japan for 6 years, met Mikio there, married and returned to California. Mikio had been a commodities broker in Japan and felt little joy in that field. One day, After they had to put a tiny studio in Forestville California, Mikio looked over and said to Cheryl “that looks like fun”. A partnership was born.She taught Mikio the basics and he took off, developing his carving to the mastery you see now. Together, they grew Nichibei to become a nationally acclaimed pottery studio. Gratitude is the best word they can use to describe how they feel having been able to make their living as full-time Studio Potters for the past 36 years. It’s not an easy feat, and Cheryl And Mikio are deeply grateful to their wonderful customers

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Cheryl Costantini and Mikio Matsumoto

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Cheryl Costantini and Mikio Matsumoto

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About NichibeiPotters

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On Etsy since 2015

What a team, separate, complementary creative, productive Nichibei Potters

The husband and wife team of Cheryl Costantini and Mikio Matsumoto formed Nichibei Potters in 1985. The work blends the elegant tradition of Japanese ceramics with a contemporary flair resulting in an innovative collection of handmade pottery that is unmistakably Nichibei. Literally translated Nichibei means Japan and America

All the pieces made at the Nichibei studio or hand thrown by either Cheryl or Mikio, no molds or slip cast where would ever be found here. The carved work is all handcarved using no stamps of any kind. All the work is functional and it can be used at the same time it is designed to hold it on as a decorative piece. The jade green color of many pieces is unique to Nichibei.

I hope you enjoy your shop and thank you for supporting handmade local makers

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  • Cheryl Costantini and Mikio Matsumoto

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Last updated on November 27, 2020
Our work blends the subtle tradition of Japanese folk art with a contemporary flair resulting in collection of pottery that is unmistakably Nichibei. Literally translated, Nichibei means: Japan and America.

As a husband and wife team we have been pursuing a common passion to create pots with timeless beauty since 1985. We believe that a good pot must evoke a sense of both strength and grace, and should never go out of style. Classic forms, clean lines and precise throwing are the hallmark of our work.

Though we are a team,we each make our own unique pots, and have subtly different styles. Trained for six years in Japan as a traditional apprentice, Cheryl’s work tends to focuses more on function and elegant forms and reflects the disciplined and fastidious style she learned there. Though born in Japan, Mikio learned his craft in the United States, and his work tends to reflect a freer and more unique exploration of clay. Mikio’s work is best known for it’s intricate carving and constructed forms.

Working side by side for such a long time, it is hard to say who has been the inspiration for whom; I believe it is safe to say we inspire each other.

Cheryl and Mikio

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I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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Please keep in mind, all items are handmade and slight variations are not only expected but are part of the creative process. Your satisfaction is our goal, if you have any problems, please contact us directly. Should you need to return your piece, the buyer will be responsible for the costs of shipping.

If an item arrives damaged, please let me know immediately. All shipments are insured.
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We accept payments via PayPal and credit card through the Etsy website.

Payment must be received before shipping.
Shipping
We will ship to your Etsy address. If you want me to ship to a different address, please let me know.

We ship UPS to all domestic addresses. Hawaii and Alaska addresses are shipped USPS Priority. All orders are always carefully packaged and insured, however I am not responsible for theft or damage to packages once delivered.

We are happy to upgrade your shipping, should you need your package sooner. The customer is responsible for the extra shipping fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
We guarantee the quality of our work, slight variation in size and color are a natural part of original handmade pottery.