Mishima Sake Cup（Akemi Ito）
The carefully applied inlay design creates an elegant atmosphere.
- Akemi Ito
- Bottom Diameter
- Paulonia Box with Artist's Sign
Cloth with Artist's Sign
Mishima is pottery with an inlay design. There is a strong theory that the name “Mishima” is derived from the fact that the inlay design resembles the character layout of the mishima calendar of mishima taisha shrine（shizuoka prefecture). There is also a theory that it was named after the fact that it was imported via Mishima. Inlaid celadon, which flourished during the goryeo dynasty, gradually declined, and in the 15th century, as if reflecting a new era after Yi Seong-gye founded the joseon dynasty in 1392, it changed to the style that made full use of inlay techniques. While the base is still soft and dry, designs are created using intaglio or flower stamps, and white clay is then embedded. The white inlays expressed on the base material containing a lot of iron give a sense of elegance, and have a quiet dignity that is modest yet gorgeous. Depending on the design and technique, it is classified into koyomide, hana-mishima, reihin-mishima, hori-mishima, hake-mishima, gohon-mishima, etc, and its pure taste and warmth have been cherished by japanese tea masters.
Akemi Ito 1964-
Born in Tagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
In 1992, studied the basics of pottery at Fukuoka Prefectural Tagawa Advanced Technical Training School.
In 1993, studied under Takechika Arimitsu.
In 1997, started making pottery in Tagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Became a pottery instructor at the NHK Cultural Center（Kitakyushu）.
In 2005, became a pottery instructor at Kurate Ryutoku High School.
Held solo exhibitions in Kyoto and Tokyo, and has strong fans all over the country.