Summer is almost here and having now joined the vaccinated herd, I am happy to announce that I will be organizing an outdoor pop-up craft show over Memorial Day Weekend at a brand-new Japanese cultural space called “The Den on Laurel Street” that will be opening in Banker’s Hill, San Diego. The space is operated by the Takachiho Foundation to promote cultural understanding and exchange between the US and Japan.
For the pop-up, I will have the work of many makers. This includes a large group of new nerikomi ceramics by Sakai Mika, a talented Japanese ceramic artist based in Shizuoka, Japan who creates patterned ceramics out of colored clay slabs. Colored clay is combined to create a pattern, and cut cross-wise to reveal the design, just like in the making of icebox cookies. The idea is simple but it takes a great amount of care and attention to detail to create these intricate patterns.
Mika’s cheerful works are among the most sought after items that I’ve carried in my shop over the last 9 years and they are also perfect for the brighter days ahead. Please join me if you can at the Den!