The distinct finish on these elegant pieces is created using a clay powder in the glaze.
Simple forms for Simple Living
Makiko Hicher Nakamura was born in Hokkaido Japan. She lived for many years in France before settling in Quebec in 2011. When asked how she became a potter, she replied. "Quite by chance! I saw a course advertised for a ceramics workshop gave it a try and loved it. I immediately thought: this is for me."
She creates delicate work while retaining the essence of the material, leaving room for intuition and spontaneity in the design "I let my hands work and I clear my head. Turning puts me into a trance."
She prefers making cups and bowls. For her, teaware is more demanding than other table pottery. During production, she is more aware that they are utensils dedicated to a very specific purpose: "I learn by simply drinking tea, I analyze why pieces are good or not. I practice the tea ceremony a little to better understand their use."
And of the Japanese influence? "I have used Japanese pottery since I was little. It is my tradition and custom. However, this is not to say that I make Japanese pottery."
Makiko loves simplicity, the joy of daily life. She loves cups that hold well in the hand (she does not like mugs). Most of all, she loves to imagine that people enjoy their tea (or coffee) in the teaware she produces.
Meet the Quebec artisans who are passionate about the objets and art of tea. Every two months, pieces by a different designer will be presented in this unique showcase, giving you the chance to enjoy the great quality and diversity of the work of some of our local potters.
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