KaratsuPots

Handmade ceramic ware from Taku, Japan.

108 Sales

KaratsuPots

Handmade ceramic ware from Taku, Japan.

108 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(73)

Announcement   Welcome to the Karatsupots Etsy shop!



All of the work you find here is handmade, and microwave/dishwasher safe (**with the rare exception, see below), however, it prefers to be pampered with hand washing and drying.

I am now offering a much cheaper 'Small Packet' shipping option that should cut shipping costs considerably for many people.

More information on Karatsu ware can be found at the Karatsupots website, and the Karatsupots blog, see below for the addresses. Feel free to visit...

homepage: http://www.karatsupots.com
blog: http://karatsupots.com/wordpress/


**Gold and lacquer repaired pots do not like microwaves or dishwashers.**

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 3, 2018

Welcome to the Karatsupots Etsy shop!



All of the work you find here is handmade, and microwave/dishwasher safe (**with the rare exception, see below), however, it prefers to be pampered with hand washing and drying.

I am now offering a much cheaper 'Small Packet' shipping option that should cut shipping costs considerably for many people.

More information on Karatsu ware can be found at the Karatsupots website, and the Karatsupots blog, see below for the addresses. Feel free to visit...

homepage: http://www.karatsupots.com
blog: http://karatsupots.com/wordpress/


**Gold and lacquer repaired pots do not like microwaves or dishwashers.**

Michael Martino

Contact shop owner

Michael Martino

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(73)
NicolasDiceman

NicolasDiceman on May 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I'm very fond of this bowl, the craft, the design and the feeling of it. I ordered several times to Michael now, always happy, in fact when i want a new piece of ceramic, for daily use mainly, i come to karatsu pots.

George Tourlidis

George Tourlidis on Apr 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is my second purchase from Michael. Lovely cup, smooth transaction. Excellent Karatsu pottery in reasonable prices. Absolutely recommend shop and a great artist.

NicolasDiceman

NicolasDiceman on Apr 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Very beautiful item, and very convenient. A lot of pleasant little details.

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Updates

All of my larger pieces are hand built with the Karatsu coil and paddle technique. Part of the fun is in carving your own paddle designs for surface decoration.
New rice bowls up!
11.5 x 6.5cm
Some new kohiki pieces going up at the Karatsupots Etsy store!
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About

...and Gotanbayashi Kiln and Studio was born

A native of New Mexico, USA, I now reside and work in Taku, Japan. My interest in Karatsu ware started during my first stay in Japan, in the 1990's, while I was pursuing my masters degree. In 2002, I came back to Japan once again, and took up pottery as a casual hobby.

In 2003 I had the good fortune to meet a Karatsu potter, Tsuruta Yoshihisa, and this experience took my life in a new direction. Though I have never apprenticed with anyone and continue to study and experiment on my own, Tsuruta san's willingness to share his knowledge and experience has proven invaluable, and taken me in many unexpected directions.

I built my studio here on our property in the early 2000's, and managed to get my hands on a used gas kiln, but always had a dream of firing with wood. I finally managed to build my dream wood kiln in 2010-2011, and now in 2014 have finally figured out how to fire it. The wood kiln gets fired 3 - 4 times a year, and is usually fired over a 3 day period. Very hot and hard work, but well worth the extra effort. I hope you agree.

For more info on myself or my work, please see my website and blog, or email if you have any other questions. If you are ever in the area, visitors are always welcome in the studio.

Mike
http://www.karatsupots.com
http://karatsupots.blogspot.com

Shop members

  • Michael Martino

    Owner

    All my work is primarily clay, feldspar, iron, and ash, and contains no toxic materials. Materials and process are important to me. I am always looking for ways to show off the local materials I collect with traditional processes I've learned.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 18, 2015
Welcome to my store!
Because much of my work is in the style of Karatsu, there is naturally a Japanese flavor to my work. One of my major goals is to successfully incorporate both ancient and modern American influences into the Karatsu tradition. One main reason Karatsu ware is attractive to me as a potter is that its simplicity and refinement reaches beyond trend and fashion. A good piece of Karatsu ware will be functional and aesthetically relevant, not just for months or years, but for generations of use. My goal as a potter is to produce work with a Karatsu flavor, but at the same time crosses national and cultural borders. Karatsu as a living tradition encompasses an enormous range of work, representative of both Japanese and Korean culture. It seems entirely natural to me that the future of the Karatsu tradition come to include other cultural influences as well.
I want to make pots which will enhance your life functionally and aesthetically. Pots which will slowly change over time and years of use, becoming more beautiful to you as they come to reflect your unique lifestlye. Pots that are not only beautiful to the eyes, but to all five senses. When you use my work, I want you to feel the 500 years of Japanese and Korean tradition and technology, the local flavor of Saga in my pottery materials, the spirited interaction of foreign and Japanese culture, and my devotion to studying and making simple, beautiful ceramics.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
I will offer refunds only under special circumstances, and customer must pay return shipping.

If a package is lost by the carrier, I will of course refund your money.

Please note: Very few carriers from Japan will insure against breakage. I do my best to ensure a well packed pot, and have never had breakage issues yet, but it is always a risk.
Payment
I will usually ship your order out within 3 business days of receiving payment, via Japan Post (domestic), or Japan Post EMS (int'l).

Import duties and taxes are the responsibility of the customer. I do not include these fees in my checkout process, nor can I anticipate what fees may apply in the customer's locale. Please be aware of any fees you may incur in importing ceramic art to your country.
Shipping
I will usually ship your order out within 3 business days of receiving payment, via Japan Post EMS. EMS costs a bit more, but is faster and allows for package tracking.

I do not try to profit from shipping and handling charges. In most cases, I lose money on shipping and handling, in an effort to keep things more affordable for my customers. Please understand that shipping from Japan is somewhat expensive, especially small single items. As the number of items increases, shipping becomes cheaper per item. In the case of multiple items, I will refund the difference back to you if you are overcharged for shipping.

Note: Items which include wood boxes take longer to ship, as I have each box made to order. It generally takes an extra 10 business days for wooden boxes to be made and prepared for shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you would like something you don't see at the store, feel free to convo me or contact me directly about a custom order.

I welcome orders from galleries outside of Japan, however I do not work on consignment. I will be happy to discuss wholesale prices for non-Japanese galleries.