About us

Our philosophy

The pottery making process is a magic. The things exist just as our imagination become tangible objects which add value to people’s everyday life. Almost at all stages of the pottery making process are measured by human senses. The handmade process measured by the human senses reflects our emotion and passion in the tangible result. It affirms my Japanese and Kathy's Korean heritage and the American influence to us.

We aspire to make unique functional pottery that reflect ourselves, fit American life style, and enrich customers everyday life. As we are making pottery, We think about how individual customers use our pieces and how it affects their life. This gives us a unique connection with the people who use our pots.

We achieve our goal by making functional pottery as an collaborative work between me and customers. Most of our functional-ware are half complete as art. Our ikibana vessels are complete as art when customer put their plants. Our dinnerware and tea ceremony utensil are complete as art when customers place their food and used in their everyday life.

 

Our Team

  • Yuichi Sakashita, Angel Partner
  • Genzo Saeki, Angel Partner
  • Thomas Arakawa, Partner and Potter
  • Kathy Lee-Arakawa Partner and Potter

 

Past and Present Exhibitions

 

International Exhibitions
  • International Chawan Expo in Belgium 2015
  • International Chawan Expo in Singapore 2014
  • International Chawan Expo in Taiwan 2013
  • Iekbana International San Fransisco (2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Iekbana International Los Angeles Katen (2018)
National Exhibitions
  • American Craft Show Baltimore (2015 – 2020)
  • American Craft Show San Francisco (2015 – 2019)
  • American Craft Show St Paul (2015)
Gallery Feature and Group Shows
  • “From the Earth into the Sky” Featured Show at Gallery House (2014 Spring)
  • “Seasons” Featured Show at Gallery House (2013 Summer)
  • “Art of Tea” show at The Chartreuse Muse Art Gallery (2013 Winter)
  • “Playful Minds” 3D show at Gallery House (2014 Spring)
  • “Shape of Things” 3D show at Gallery House (2013 Spring)
  • “Harmony” solo show at Utsuwa Floral Design in SF (2012 Winter)
Current and Past Customers
Galleries
  • Appalachian Spring (Rockville, MD)

  • The Artists' Gallery (Chestertown, MD)
  • Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery (Hunter, NY)
  • Cedar Creek Gallery (Creedmoor, NC)
  • The Chartreuse Muse Art Gallery (Modesto,CA)
  • Clouds Gallery (Woodstock, NY)
  • Create Gallery (Chestertown, MD)
  • Contemporary Crafts (Pittburg, PA)
  • Elizabeth Hardy (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Emily Gurtman (Seminole, FL)
  • Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)
  • The Gallery House (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Hoadley Gallery (Lenox, MA)
  • Hugomento (San Francisco, CA)
  • Left Bank Galley (Wellfleet, MA)
  • Mackerel Sky (East Lansing, MI)
  • New Morning Gallery (Asheville, NC)
  • Panache (Ogunquit, ME)
  • Portland Japanese Tea Garden (Portland)
  • Pot-Pourri (Oakland, CA)
  • Sarah Jessica Fine Arts (Provinsetown, MA)
  • Simply Inspired Goods (Ballston Lake, NY)
  • Stems (Morgan Hill, CA)
  • Teaism (Washington DC)
  • The Tenth Muse Gallery (Maplewood, NJ)
  • The Studio Gallery (New Hope, PA)
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richimond, VA)
  • Wantoot (Mineral Point, WI)
  • Ward Ellinger (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
  • Zeber & Martell Gallery & Clay Studio (arkron, OH)

Designers
  • AddLife (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • Beautiful Orchids (San Francisco, CA)
  • Habitual (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Kiyo's Floral Design (Sacramento, CA)
  • Leaf and Thorn (Redwood City, CA)
  • Stems (Morgan Hill, CA)
  • Sulin Interiors Inc (Ellicott City, MD)

Retail Store
  • Aggregate Supply (San Francisco, CA)
  • Cactus Jungle (Berkeley, CA)
  • Clement Nursery (San Francisco, CA)
  • Flourish (Petaluma, CA)
  • Fractal Flora (San Jose, CA)
  • Green Design (Santa Clara, CA)
  • Koshi – Japanese Incense (San Francisco, CA)
  • Soko Hardware (San Francisco, CA)
  • Teaism (Washington DC)
  • The Succulence (San Francisco, CA)
  • Utsuwa Floral Design (San Francisco, CA)

Restaurants
  • An (San Francisco, CA)
  • Gintei (San Bruno, CA )
  • iSushi (Cupertino, CA)
  • Kirimachi Ramen (San Francisco, CA)
  • Leichi (Santa Clara, CA)
  • Shizen (San Francisco, CA)
  • Taro-san (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Teaism (Washington DC)