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b. benten is the online shop for authentic wabi sabi ceramics and housewares items from Japan for everyday use.  We expose Japan's master artisans by covering numerous potters and ceramic topics, and offer worldwide shipping for rare handcrafted items.   

Nozomu Shinohara

Nozomu Shinohara

SHIGARAKI,  SHIGA

 

Nozomu Shinohara was born in Osaka and relocated to Shigaraki to make pottery at his young age.  He is an apprentice of Nobuo Furutani, the master artisan of Shigaraki Kohiki ware.  He learned everything from clay preparation to wood-chopping from Furutani, and threw pots on potter’s wheel at night for practice.

He became independent in 1999, and his works have been exhibited at various galleries and events including Avant-garde Tea Ceremony Even in New York.  He also obtained his own ancient type of pottery kiln called “Anagama”, and produces Shigaraki wares by using a quenching technique called Yakishime without any glaze.      

      

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