WakakoSenda

Japanese Modern Handmade Ceramics

Okayama, Japan | 347 Sales

WakakoSenda

Japanese Modern Handmade Ceramics

Okayama, Japan 347 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (99)

Announcement   My shop was featured in Etsy Journal.
https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-wakako-senda/

As I love both cooking and eating, food is always in my thoughts. My times eating, drinking and chatting with dear family and friends provide the deep colors of my life experience. This is why I try to create pieces that can reflect a cook’s wishes. I want my pieces to get close to the user’s feelings.

- NOTE -
Since my pottery are made by hand, they vary in shape, size. Please consider the size noted as a guide at the point of purchase. Also I glaze with hand, the same color to result in a different of each.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 27, 2017

My shop was featured in Etsy Journal.
https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-wakako-senda/

As I love both cooking and eating, food is always in my thoughts. My times eating, drinking and chatting with dear family and friends provide the deep colors of my life experience. This is why I try to create pieces that can reflect a cook’s wishes. I want my pieces to get close to the user’s feelings.

- NOTE -
Since my pottery are made by hand, they vary in shape, size. Please consider the size noted as a guide at the point of purchase. Also I glaze with hand, the same color to result in a different of each.

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About

I wish my pieces to bear a mood of being dignified but never too sharp, with softness hidden inside.

I started my Etsy shop because I was recommended by my selling assitant. In Japan, there are numerous varieties of vessels and a large number of potters with an established market for them. So I thought it could be a challenge for me to see if my works would be appreciated outside Japan.

As a potter, I value the blank space of a vessel.
To me, food is like a gift to my family and dear friends. It’s a small, hearty present from me and I think the dishes on which my food is served are a part of the treat. So they should not be too imposing to diminish the food but should be the ones to reflect the feeling of the cook.
I keep this in mind and try to give attention to the presence of my pieces so that both the vessels and food on them look beautiful. I hope to create a piece that would inspire to cook. I wish my pieces to bear a mood of being dignified but never too sharp, with softness hidden inside. I myself hope to be and live like that as a person.


- My artistic background and education -
I graduated from Okayama University, Faculty of Education. I completed the curriculum of high school education of arts and crafts. While majoring in visual design and making the graduation work with photography and silk screen method, I enthusiastically took classes of pottery and woodwork.
My first time I touched to clay was in my pottery class at my University. After I graduated from University, I started working as a charge of the cooking program manager at local broadcast company. Through that experience, my interest for cooking lead my carrier.

- My creative process -
I’m sharing one room of my house as a work place and a kiln with my friend. We open our studio for pottery classes twice a week.
I settle the schedule first and spend four to eight weeks preparing for exhibitions and other events. The first half period is spent mostly for molding and keeping pieces in stock. I make ordered pieces in the meantime. During the latter half of the time, biscuit firing, glazing and glost firing are all done.
Once I get the picture of what I want to make, I try out blending of the glaze and combination with clay several times to approach more close to my desired texture. I use about four kinds of clay. Sometimes I start with no plans and it works out well with combinations never tested before.

- My favorite artists -
My favorite potter is Lucie Rie. I like her so much that I even cuddle up with her book. By “duplicating” her works, I feel I can trace her process of creation and gain a lot from it.
As for painters, I like Giorgio Morandi. I wish my vessels have the atmosphere like still lifes in his paintings.


////// How to care for Japanese tableware //////
- Japanese tableware (ceramic ware) usually requires care called “filling” before the very first use. “Filling” minimizes the stains that leak in the cracks developed in the glaze and closes up the rough, porous clay surface. In addition, “filling” on a regular basis helps to prevent small cracks and prolong usage lifetime. To let the pieces sit in and absorb water before serving food on them also prevents odor transfer.

////// Procedure for “filling” //////
- Put rice water (water left over from washing rice) or starchy water in a pot and stir well.
- Put the piece in the water and simmer over low heat for about 10 to 20 minutes. Take it out and leave till it is cooled down.
- Then wash to remove the sliminess and dry thoroughly.
※For big pieces such as earthenware pots or large dishes which do not fit in a pot, pour rice water directly to the pieces. After an hour or two, drain the water and wash.

It is not possible for “filling” to prevent absorption into the cracks developed in the glaze perfectly. Those cracks in the glaze get colored over time. We hope you enjoy those changes as if cultivating them.

Shop members

  • Wakako Senda

    Owner, Maker

  • Rie Fast

    Customer Service, Shipper

  • Hiroshi Miyai

    Customer Service, Shipper

Shop policies

Last updated on April 2, 2019
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.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
- The items leave our studio in perfect state. However, If damage has occured while shipping please message us with photos as a proof for the damaged goods within 48 hours, and we will replace them.
- If for any other reason you are not satisfied with the product please contact us. You may replace it or return it within 14 business days for a full refund. but Shipping costs are excluded.As items are one of a kind, ordering a replacement may be impossible.
Payment
- We process online transactions securely through PayPal.
- Please notice that you can enter your credit card details when checking out with Paypal, even if you don't have a Paypal account or if you don't feel like using it. It's safe, easy to use and no fees are included.
Here is a tutorial to help you through the checkout process www.etsy.com/help/article/339
- Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding to your transaction.
Shipping
- We ship items by EMS service of Japan Post with a tracking number.
- International shipping takes about 5-10 business days.
- We will add the EMS Insurance Program for each package for unfortunate accidents (a damage or loss). In such case we may ask your support (requesting a damage report for a shipping provider) for a insurance claim.
- Duty/Import taxes are the responsibility of the customer.
- Your purchases will be shipped to your address registered on Etsy, If you would like to have them sent to a different address, please inform us.
- If your purchase is a gift to a loved one, let us know his/her name, we will be happy to wrap it and attach a cute little handmade card saying its from you.
Additional policies and FAQs
- For custom orders and wholesale inquiries please contact us through Etsy conversations or Email us: info [!at] tsuyukusa.link
- About the out of stock items or made-to-order items, we will tell you the date of delivery separately.
Thank you for visiting our shop :)
- We kindly ask for your understanding that there are possibilities to be delayed the informed delivery date by unexpected troubles since almost items are handmade. In that situations we and producers can't make any reparation.

DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM ORDERS?
We do! Contact us to find out if we can make what you have in mind.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HAVE MY ORDER READY?
If we don't have your desired product in stock, it will take us between 3-6 months to have it packed & ready for shipping. Please understand that working with ceramics takes time, it's important for us that you will get your product as perfect as we want it to be!

CAN I PAY WITH MY CREDIT CARD?
We process online transactions securely through PayPal. Please notice that you can enter your credit card details when checking out with Paypal, even if you don't have a Paypal account or if you don't feel like using it. It's safe, easy to use and no fees are included. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding to your transaction.

WHERE CAN I SEE YOUR PRODUCTS IN PERSON ?
Our products are available in the actual shop in Okayama,Japan.
6-8, Chuo 1 chome, Kurashiki-City, OKAYAMA, 710-0046
Please let me know through conversation if you want to visit.

WHOLESALE AVAILABILITY
We work with retailers around the world, please feel free to contact us for more information about our line, we will be happy to get back to you with shipping costs and estimated times of delivery

PACKAGING & GIFT WRAPPING
Our products are shipped with protective packaging.
If your order is a gift for a loved one, let us know! We will be happy to gift wrap it and add your words.