3 companies in ESPACE DENSAN - June and July 2017
To get the full experience come meet the craftsmen !

Event Schedule

Saturday, 17th June: Open to individuals (Limited to 30 people)
- First Session 14pm-16pm: 
Presentation of Takaoka Ironwork and the demonstration Suzugami tin moulding.
- Second Session 16 :30pm-18 :30pm: 
Presentation of Koishiwara Ceramics with a pottery demonstration using the traditional materials and equipment from the master’s region in Japan.

Sunday, 18th June: Open for both individuals and professionals(Limited to 20 people)
- 15 :30pm- 17pm: 
Presentation of Traditional Japanese tea ceremony by 2 artisans. (on the table)

Monday, 19th June: reserved to the professionals (Limited to 5 people)
15 :30pm-17pm :
Presentation of Traditional Japanese tea ceremony by 2 artisans.
(on the table)

Tuesday, 20th June: reserved to the professionals (Limited to 5 people)
14pm-15 :30pm: 
Presentation of Traditional Japanese tea ceremony by 2 artisans. (on the table)

Saturday 1st, July: Open to the individuals
- First session 14pm: 
Engraving workshop and presentation of artistry (Limited to 5 people)

- Second Session 15:30pm-17pm
Presentation of the Kamakura lacquer engraving and Presentation of Japanese tea ceremony (Limited to 15 people for every session)
-Third Session 17:30pm-19pm
Presentation of the Kamakura lacquer engraving and Presentation of Japanese tea ceremony (Limited to 15 people for every session)

Sunday 2nd, Monday 3rd, and Tuesday 4th of July: Reserved for Professionals
(Limited to 5 people for every session)
- 15 :30pm- 17pm: 
Presentation of the Kamakura lacquer engraving and a direct participation in Japanese Tea ceremony.


Prefecture of Fukuoka, Tohomura

The ceramic of Koishiwara-yaki style was recognized from 1975 as traditional crafts by the Japanese government. It is produced in the North of the Kyushu Island, in the former village of Koishiwara located in Toho (prefecture of Fukuoka). Very famous for its pottery, the region is rich with a 400-year-old tradition and local know-how.

This area was marked from the 17th century by an important event in the history of Japanese crafts : the porcelain production to all the archipelago, further to the discovery of the first kaolin clay deposits. The region is known as a producer of ceramic and porcelain at the same time.

Craftsmen : Shuzan workshop
The Shuzan workshop has been manufacturing Koishiwara-yaki style pottery since 3 generations in its kiln open in 1975. His founder Hideharu Satomi stood out with the realization of rare colors ceramics at that time.

In association with his son Shigenobu Satomi (2nd of the name), they have invented the famous indigo glaze called “SHUZAN BLUE”, further to their numerous researches on glaze. The beauty of this indigo, so deep and with a very special sheen, is unique among all other workshops.

Shuzan workshop is now in the hands of the third generation, with Takeshi Satomi who improved his skills with his father and in New Zealand, after his studies on ceramic and porcelain. His work has been already awarded 7 times in Japan.
The indigo blue ou “Shuzan blue” represent their trademark, they keep going their research to perfect its depth and shades. It is obtained with pigments and an especially long firing time in the kiln.

Craftsmen of Shuzan aim at making everyday life brighter by bringing beauty accessible through their immediately recognizable dense and delicate colors.


Prefecture of Kanagawa, Kamakura

The wood engraving of Kamakura arises from a know-how of 800 years, it was born in the beautiful coastal city of Kamakura located in the prefecture of Kanagawa at 50 km in the southwest of Tokyo. The creations of the craftsmen are particularly present in Zen Buddhist temples ; the city of Kamakura, former capital during the eponymous time (1185-1333), is also its cradle in the archipelago. The city continues to make live this heritage on an historical and cultural point of view.

Craftsmen : Niyodo workshop
The Niyodo House draws its origins in the 12th century during the Kamakura period. It is one of the oldest Houses, it keeps producing objects dedicated to the Zen Buddhism and the practice of tea, according to the technique of « Kamakura-bori » or wood engraving of Kamakura. Bowls, tea canisters, Buddhist statues, its creations of excellence realized with the traditional technique of wood engraving on which lacquer is applied. Nyodo is the only workshop which produces wood engraving of Kamakura for the most honorable temples such as Kamakura Kenchoji, Enkakuji and the major traditional tea Houses, the Iemotos, the grand master of tea ceremony. Their work contributes to conserve most important architectures and to perpetuate its techniques.

The learning and practice of tea ceremony are compulsory for the craftsmen of Niyodo, in order to figure out the depth and rigor of this discipline anchored in the spirit of the House and to meet users requirements.

One of the greatest tea masters from the 16th century, Takeno Jôô (master of the famous Sen no Rikyu) was so touched by the refinement of these objects that he included them to his ceremonies. This reference still resonates today with the experts and followers as a trust and quality pledge, for this handwork cultivated through Zen and 800 years of tradition blended with modern style.

The Niyodo workshop carries on making shine its key spirit thanks to its numerous renowned craftsmen who made its reputation.


Prefecture of Toyama, Takaoka

The city of Takaoka, which belonged formerly to the feudal domain of Kaga, was famous for its lacquer and ironware from the 16th century till the end of Edo period (1868). This region, one of the richest at that time, was shining upon all the archipelago thanks to the skill of its craftsmen. Over the years, the Buddhism of Pure Earth and its diligent practice in the region made of Takaoka the Mecca for the manufacture of religious objects.

Nowadays, about 95% of the crafts objects made of copper, tin and brass come from Takaoka, a major city for the lovers of Japanese traditional crafts.

Craftsmen : Shimatani Syouryu
Syouryu is a brand created by the Shimatani Syouryu workshop based since 1909 in Takaoka (region of Toyama); since its origin, the workshop has produced the famous “orin” bowls used for the Buddhist ceremonies, with which the sound accompanies the recitation of sutras in temples.

At the Shimatani Syouryu workshop, three of the ten last craftsmen of the country keep striking the metal of “orin” bowls to give them a perfectly given sound.

To make continue its know-how and bring it new openings in everyday life, the workshop creates recently enigmatic tin foils, malleable according to the imagination of the user.

They become alternately plates, dishes, spoon or chopsticks rests, display stands, tidies… « Suzugami » or tin paper is the name of this new creation, thin like paper, very resistant and endlessly foldable into any desired shape.

These hammered tin foils are available in different sizes, but also in three patterns with poetic names linked to the rain, as the Japanese lexicon is so wide to qualify the variations of nature :
- Kazahana : snow of an early winter like a light rain of flowers
- Samidare : steady downpour during June monsoon
- Arare : evocation of light snow showers