In a studio, nestled in the corner of Kameoke, a small town in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, Taira Kuroki hand throws a range of stunning tableware in sumptuous holly greens and wonderful creams. Shigaraki clay is used to produce the green ware, while Taira uses porcelain from Kyushu to produce the cream ware.
Taira’s studio is a light-infused, traditional structure overlooking a beautiful Japanese garden, which seems to radiate a sense of serenity; Taira shares the studio with his father, also a potter. Nature, particularly flowers and rich green foliage, are a source of inspiration for Taira’s works. Influenced by the long-standing culture of craftsmanship in Kyoto, Taira considers himself to be both an artist and a craftsman – he places equal importance on the concepts of utility and beauty in his works.