Utsuwa - Japanese objects for everyday use
Japanese craft has long been revered for its quality and beauty, and skilled craftwork remains an important part of Japanese life. 'Utsuwa', meaning 'for everyday use', embodies the ethos of handmaking in Japan, where handcrafted wares must be as practical as they are beautiful.
This book takes us behind the scenes into the private studios of some of Japan's most exciting artisans to reveal stories of material, method, place and culture. It guides us through quiet galleries and colourful marketplaces, where the provenance of a piece is central to its story.
Utsuwa is a love letter to the makers and sellers, and to all those who share the Japanese reverence for tradition and beauty.
Published by Thames and Hudson, 2021.
In 2019 we had the privilege of a lifetime spending two months travelling Japan to research, interview and photograph this book. We decided it should have a documentary feel. A true telling of artists' studios and gallery spaces was an important goal. Our hope iss that you feel that you are there in the room where the dye spatters cover the walls, the clay dist is on your clothes, or the heat of the furnace is fierce.
Over the years of visiting the artists and gallery owners started to recognise us from previous visits. Where language failed us our few words that expressed our delight at their work would always be clear to them. Over time, creating friendships and arrangements to sell their wares to sell at paper boat press. We are grateful for the patience and kindness of Shozo Terauchi, Momoko Otani and Sonia Uranishi, who translated in times of need and elevated our connections. Our one great wish is to be able to converse like we do in our daily lives with the people on these pages. They are all so dedicated to their craft, creating unique and interesting contemporary pieces but based in the traditions of their ancestors. We hope this book give you a glimpse. into their lifes and that you equally share our love of their work.
The other thing we are incredibly grateful for is each other. Thsi book has been a creative dream for us as both Japanophiles and as sisters, one that we will long remember. Thank you for sharing the journey and supporting us in the many ways that you do.
Love, Kylie and Tiffany.
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