Hello, I’m an owner of Tea Ceremony Koto, which is just a1 minute walk from Kinkakuji. I found a nice gallery of metal art and pottery on the way back to my parent’s house from Kinkakuji temple.
I was surprised to find such a nice gallery in front of the small elementary school. They have renovated the old Japanese house which had not been used for 90 years by their selves. It became really nice, sophisticated house. Since their dinnerware made of metal and pottery are also cute, I ordered the metal artist, Ren to make a plate for Japanese sweets for tea ceremony.
Let’s create the plate made of brass for Japanese tea ceremony.
The plate used in tea ceremony has some kind of shapes such as circle, square, or pentagon. The materials are wood, lacquer, or metal such as silver or copper etc. The host will choose the best thing for the tea ceremony by thinking the season or events on the day.
The plate made of metal is often used in summer because it seems cooler. I think it’s also suitable for the tea ceremony for western events such as Christmas or Valentine ’s Day.
I ordered the circle plate made of brass with the arabesque (in Japanese, karakusa) on the edge.
Ren usually carves the arabesque on Japanese style bracelet.
The plate made of brass.
Although the brass is shiny at first, it gradually turns into calm mat color after using. If we polish, it will be shiny again, but we can enjoy the color changing in case we likes the mat color better than metallic luster.
And I have heard he can create the lusterless color by heating even it’s the new one. He will make the color what you like.
I’m going to enjoy the color changing of this brass plate. Maybe the mat color will suit Japanese tea room of tatami more than shiny one.
Gallery and Guest house Polarsta near Kinkakuji temple
PolarSta is the gallery and guest house 2 artists lives. Kai, the pottery artist and Ren, the metal artist.
We can see their works and buy the nice dinnerware here. In addition, works of other artists are also in the shop. They hold the special event together with other artists or shops sometimes.
How about having coffee in the small kitchen and create your original dinnerware in the renovated old Japanese house?
〒603-8304 41-14 Go-nojo-cho Murasakino Kita-ku Kyoto
Open 11:00 Close 18:00
Regular holiday: Thursday, Friday
I’m going to use Ren’s brass plate and Kai’s pottery for the casual tea ceremony we can do on the table also. Maybe I’m going to write about it soon.