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Otani’s

An Exhibition of Handmade Pottery

Aug 18-25, 2018

Nalata Nalata is pleased to host a joint exhibition of ceramic works by husband and wife, Momoko Otani and Tetsuya Otani. Aesthetically charming and ultimately functional, the collections by Momoko and Tetsuya showcase the abounding possibilities of the ceramic medium.

The collections of works by this master potter couple are distinct from one another, yet influenced by each other through the studio and home that they share in the historic pottery city of Shigaraki, Japan. Since they farm, cook and eat meals as one family unit, their work and personal lifestyles are connected, in turn informing the utility of their respective collections

Tetsuyaʼs porcelain wares are nuanced in size, pure in shape and remarkable in their smooth, refined surface texture. He uses the wheel throwing technique to create a variety of pieces from ornamental vases to tableware. They feature a pristine matte white glaze which is at once a fortifying measure and defining characteristic of his porcelain ware.

On the other hand, Momokoʼs iron-rich clay pieces are highly textured with layers of colors and motifs born from her love of lotus flowers. She hand forms, hand paints and utilizes a special sgraffito technique whereby surface designs are etched onto thin layers of slip.

To commemorate this unique joint exhibition, we felt it would be appropriate to work with both artisans to create a collaborative Hand Painted Porcelain Dinner Plate that involves both Momoko and Tetsuya. The results born out of this rare collaboration are exactly how we envisioned the blend of their specialty techniques coming together – the precise nature of Tetsuya’s wheel thrown works with Momoko’s intricate hand painted lotus flower motifs in indigo blue.

We are proud to present the love in which each handmade piece holds at its core and welcome you to vicariously experience life at the Otaniʼs for this special event.

On Friday, August 18, the Otani couple including their three daughters will be present at the opening reception of this exhibition, in which refreshments and specialty Shigaraki sake (brought by the Otanis from Japan) will be served. On August 20, there will be a bean roasting and pour-over drip coffee demonstration by Tetsuya Otani from 1-2PM.

View a recap of the event here.

Shop the Exhibition

Hand Painted Porcelain Dinner Plate
Hand Painted Porcelain Dinner Plate

Hand Painted Porcelain Dinner Plate

Tetsuya and Momoko Otani for Nalata Nalata

I am a Hand Painted Porcelain Dinner Plate. I’ve got a lot on my plate but I always stop to smell the flowers.  

$240
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Blue Lotus Dish (OUT OF STOCK)
Blue Lotus Dish (OUT OF STOCK)

Blue Lotus Dish (OUT OF STOCK)

Momoko Otani

I am a Blue Lotus Dish. I welcome all lotuses. They are the seasoning to my dish of life.    

$79
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Blue Lotus Mug (OUT OF STOCK)
Blue Lotus Mug (OUT OF STOCK)

Blue Lotus Mug (OUT OF STOCK)

Momoko Otani

I am a Blue Lotus Mug. Ready for my mug shot!  

$60
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Sgraffito Pitcher (OUT OF STOCK)
Sgraffito Pitcher (OUT OF STOCK)

Sgraffito Pitcher (OUT OF STOCK)

Momoko Otani

I am a Sgraffito Pitcher. From out my spout pours the same kind of love that was carefully scratched onto my delicate surface.  

$272
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Sgraffito Cake Plate (OUT OF STOCK)
Sgraffito Cake Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Sgraffito Cake Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Momoko Otani

I am a Small Sgraffito Cake Plate. The secret ingredient is always love.  

$390
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Sgraffito Treasure Box - White Lotus (OUT OF STOCK)
Sgraffito Treasure Box - White Lotus (OUT OF STOCK)

Sgraffito Treasure Box - White Lotus (OUT OF STOCK)

Momoko Otani

I am a White Sgraffito Treasure Box. Not all treasure is silver and gold.  

Starting at $95
Pour Over Coffee Dripper (OUT OF STOCK)
Pour Over Coffee Dripper (OUT OF STOCK)

Pour Over Coffee Dripper (OUT OF STOCK)

Tetsuya Otani

I am a Pour Over Coffee Dripper. Have patience, it’ll be worth the wait.  

$180
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Small Teacup and Saucer (OUT OF STOCK)
Small Teacup and Saucer (OUT OF STOCK)

Small Teacup and Saucer (OUT OF STOCK)

Tetsuya Otani

I am a Small Teacup and Saucer. The best non-living couple.  

$92
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Clay Baking Pan (OUT OF STOCK)
Clay Baking Pan (OUT OF STOCK)

Clay Baking Pan (OUT OF STOCK)

Tetsuya Otani

I am a Clay Baking Pan. Bake the world a better place.  

Starting at $72
Raised Plate (OUT OF STOCK)
Raised Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Raised Plate (OUT OF STOCK)

Tetsuya Otani

I am a Raised Plate. My upbringing was wonderful. I was very well raised.  

$260
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Large Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Large Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Large Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Tetsuya Otani

I am a Bowl. My maker had a goal to make a big white bowl.   

$396
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Takatsuki Pastry Stand (OUT OF STOCK)
Takatsuki Pastry Stand (OUT OF STOCK)

Takatsuki Pastry Stand (OUT OF STOCK)

Tetsuya Otani

I am a Takatsuki Pastry Stand. Life is short. Go ahead, eat the cake!  

Starting at $64

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