by celeste

My ceramics are about you & me, connected to nature.

The constant symbiosis is my source of inspiration. Culture, rituals, philosophy, dreams, balance are coming in and fade away like waves into expression.

Clay & ash
With Japanese techniques I create limited editions and unique one of kinds. The clay comes from different areas in Japan. Also from Ishigaki island. For my handmade Japanese glazes I do extensive research and most of them are Japanese glazes made from ash of natural origin.

My ceramics are fired in oxidation or reduction environment on high stoneware temperatures. The kiln/oven was shipped from main island Japan, Seto, to my atelier in Ishigaki island. This was quite an operation. Seto is one of the 6 ancient kiln villages in Japan. Nowadays it`s still a pottery village with many people and businesses connected to pottery production.

The kiln is built by a Japanese kiln master from Seto. His craftsmanship is part of his family for many generations. He could be the last generation, because he doesn’t have a successor. Unfortunately this is what happens now with generations of craftsmen in Japan.

My memoirs about beautiful places in Japan, we came across ourselves, could be a nice read if you’re about to plan a trip to Japan. Also if you’d like to know more about Japanese pottery. Most of my posts are in Dutch, which I hope to translate in future.

This year it finally came to life, a travel guide for Ishigaki island. For several years we travelled around the island, learning about history, nature, culture but most important the atmosphere and local people. Information we love to share with new travellers. As my background is in tourism management, I will share with you an extensive view on the island, to inspire you for your dream trip to Japan. It’s now available on Amazon.

The Yaeyama islands
The Yaeyama islands, where we live, are the tropical side of Japan. Discoveryaima.com is our English travel website to help you find your travel information. We are certified & registered landoperator and offer services for businesses and travellers.

Film & media
With our company we create promotional films, short documentaries and videos for brands, hotel/resorts, governments, arts&crafts, tourism organisations, etc. For more info, Sakishima films

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