People often ask how I select makers for Entoten, and the short answer is that those chosen make work that I react to emotionally. To put it another way, ‘what they make me feel’ is more important than ‘how they look.’
For Kutani potter Horihata Ran, I fell in love with her whimsical work after coming across it at a department store in Tokyo in 2019. Her work was shown in a section featuring young and upcoming makers, and I was extremely moved by her soulful brush strokes.
After Ran’s work was introduced for the first time by Entoten in the U.S. last December, many people inquired about her one of a kind pieces. So this time, I requested mostly one-off pieces because I was also intrigued by what she would come up with.
“When I saw that my larger pieces were quickly chosen by people in America, I thought, wow American people are so dynamic,” Ran said excitedly, “so for this batch, I wanted to create pieces that I’ve always dreamed of making.” And with that enthusiasm, Ran worked on her pieces and sent a trove of lovely work this summer.
Unpacking Ran’s work was especially poignant for me because it has been many months since I received a ceramics shipment from Japan because the pandemic had curtailed freight services. I hope that Ran’s cheerful work will remind you to play often and to keep your downtrodden souls in check, just like they did for me.