en- Noritada Kimura
As a Kyoto potter Noritada has a freedom to make cups in many different styles, and this is his take on Karatsu, a glaze that originated in Korea and was popularised in the town of Karatsu in Kyushu. This is a powerful style of cup, showcasing one of the primary hallmarks of Korean Karatsu-ware - the interplay between dripping dark and light contrasting glazes - here manifesting as a metallic brown/black glaze on the bottom of the cup and a cream/white glaze on the top, turning indigo where they meet.
Born in 1968, Noritada Kimura is an exciting potter from one of the best known ceramic families in Kyoto. He has worked alongside his father Morinobu Kimura, a Kyoto Living Treasure, for many years at the family's studio and now uses his own kiln in Iwakura area of Kyoto. This apprenticeship has allowed him to absorb much of his father's skill and technique which can be seen in Noritada's award winning work. The expressive and diverse glazes he uses on his cups and wisteria-handled pots have made him a respected figure in his field and a firm favourite of many of our customers. We believe his work reflects the philosophy of his father Morinobu:
" I believe the fundamentals of Japanese crafts especially pottery, are beauty and function. I have tried hard to make a new tradition which suits modern living as well as studying deeply the spiritual side of Japanese contemporary crafts. The clay for the vessel the ash and the iron for the glaze have to be natural. My job is to make these elements come together. I like to make pottery which is warm and powerful so it makes people want to live with them. Today in the 21th century I think it is time to look deeply at nature and I do this through my work. "