Center Staff

Director / Kazuhiro Ono

Director / Kazuhiro Ono

I moved to Kyoto after falling in love with the trickling currents of Kamo River.
Being someone from outside the industry, I simply wish to promote Kyoto's traditional art and craft, including Kyoto ware, under my motto of "youth and foolishness".

Staff / Daichi Hayashi

Staff / Daichi Hayashi

I studied 4 years of pottery at vocational school and came to work at the Gallery after that. I have also studied Urasenke-style tea ware for 7 years and I also make my own tea ware. My attention is dedicated to provide the greatest works though the perspectives of both the creator and the buyer.

Staff / Makiko Tazuke

Staff / Makiko Tazuke

Come and find your best wares here!

Staff / Shiho Osawa

Staff / Shiho Osawa

I am mainly in charge of public relations. After learning interior design at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, I was engaged in making model apartments. Ceramics sound like they should be a different line of business from mine, but they are indispensable components when creating interior spaces. I would like to contribute to the familiarization and/or promotion for ceramics, from the different perspectives of people other than artists.

Staff / Hiroshi Tominaga

Staff / Hiroshi Tominaga

I am a veteran of 38 years in the world of Kyoto ware. I have a wide range, albeit general, knowledge when it comes to the ceramic industry and artists in Kyoto. Ask me anything you want to know about!

Staff / Masako Nakazato

Staff / Masako Nakazato

I am currently learning Omuro style ikebana at Ninna-ji Temple, where I feel calm once I enter the main gate. I tend to look at the vases rather than the flower arrangements whenever I go see works by famous ikebana artists. At the Gallery there are lots of ceramic flower vases and I am looking forward to arranging flowers.

Sales staff / Sonoko Nishide

Sales staff /
  Sonoko Nishide

I would like many people to actually see and touch Kyoto's pottery, and as such feel their warmth directly. I also want to deliver the hand-made greatness of Kyoto's pottery to many people. Looking forward to your visit!

Sales staff / Hitomi Kato

Sales staff /
  Hitomi Kato

After entering the workforce and working for 12 years, I married into pottery, and have become an artisan. I mainly work on painting tea ceremony tools. In the center, I have many opportunities to meet customers I could rarely meet if I worked only in a studio, as well as great superiors and teachers in the industry, which gives me a full life.

Staff / Curator Kazuma Shimomura

Staff / Curator
  Kazuma Shimomura

I am the new curator, Shimomura. I am pleased to introduce myself. I myself put my major part in creating. Though I have made few appearances so far, I would like to help in delivering the charm of products to customers, as well as inspiring artists, through exhibition projects and writing.