From the moment that I arrived at Kaneko Kohyo’s showroom, housed in a serene former teahouse, I knew that our collaboration was going to be a successful, spiritually enriching experience. Their elegant existing products were beautifully conceived and fabricated, and we quickly found that we shared a similar mindset, even if we were speaking completely different languages.
During our initial discussions we started folding paper in ways that reminded us of origami. The folds we created brought to mind the ripples on the rivers we had passed on our travels through Gifu, and the Wave Collection quickly evolved from there. We decided that keeping the product unglazed and polished created a unique tactile and visual quality, though it requires much more handwork than a glazed one would.
I genuinely believe that in my 40 years of being a professional international designer, collaborating on the design of the Wave Collection has been one of the most satisfying and enjoyable experiences of my entire career.
Since its formation Kaneko Kohyo Pottery has been dedicated to “Monozukuri’ (meaning production) of items that add a little happiness to daily life, whilst remaining loyal to the history and tradition of Mino Ware (Japanese pottery produced in Mino Province around the towns of Toki, Tajimi and Mizunami in Gifu Prefecture). They hope that more people will use the handy and enriching Kohyo tableware; by putting this thought into their products Kaneko Kohyo have been and will continue to make challenging new pottery.
Designed for entertaining at the modern table, this collection of sculptural serveware has been created in western and asian sizes for use with either traditional or modern food and drink. Highly tactile ceramics with