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SHIGEO SUZUKI, SUZUKI MORIHISA STU­DIO, UWE RÖTTGEN AND KATHA­RINA ZETTL

THE Suzuki Morihisa Stu­dio is in Mo­rioka in the Iwate Pre­fec­ture in north­ern Ja­pan. Its small team of crafts­peo­ple make pots for boil­ing water for the Ja­panese tea cer­e­mony and tea ket­tles, as well as small bowls, chop­stick rests and pa­per­weights.

The stu­dio is run by Suzuki Morihisa and her son Shigeo.

She is the 15th gen­er­a­tion of ket­tle cast­ers in her fam­ily, a line that stretches back to 1625. As such, they are typ­i­cal of the ar­ti­sans fea­tured in Uwe Rottgen and Katha­rina Zettl’s new book, Craft­land Ja­pan. It is a cat­a­logue of the kind of ar­ti­sans not found any­where else. “From around the year 2000, I be­gan to work all over the world,” Kengo Kuma, the ar­chi­tect be­hind the V&A Dundee, says in the in­tro­duc­tion, “I was dis­ap­pointed to find that crafts­peo­ple like those in Ja­pan do not ex­ist. I was re­minded that Ja­pan’s crafts­peo­ple are unique and Ja­pan is a unique coun­try.”

Crafts­peo­ple like Shigeo Suzuki, seen here cor­rect­ing small de­tails on a cast iron tea pot.

Craft­land Ja­pan, by Uwe Rottgen and Katha­rina Zettl, Thames & Hud­son, priced £24.95. © Uwe Röttgen and Katha­rina Zettl

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