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  • August 1, 2019

    The Stone House: Summer Guests

    Early June, we were fortunate to host Masanobu Ando and his son Masaki-san at the stone house for a night. Ando-san performed a Chinese Tea Ceremony and the children were rapt.

     

     

    Smelling the tea leaves.

     

    Admiring the tiny tea cups and saucers by Masanobu Ando. 

     

    Farmhouse dinner, using Oji Masanori's Jicon plates, antique silverware gifted from family, antique glasses from Japan, various antique platters from Japan, Scandinavia and France and of course, our amazingly versatile Earth & Moon walnut board by Oji Masanori x Mjölk.

     

    Guest bedroom window, featuring an antique vase as well as two pieces by Ingegerd Råman, whom we are really looking forward to hosting in an exhibition October 24.

     

    A few weeks later, Renaud Sauvé and Gilbert Garcia stopped by for a night on their way back home post exhibition. John made a beautiful onion tart (recipe either in A Kitchen in France or French Country Cooking...doesn't matter, both are good reads). Oji Masanori's Earth & Moon board and Diamond Pendant both feature in our stone house kitchen.

     

    For dinner, a roast chicken and gravy. Arguably not very summery but easy enough! 

     

    First marshmallows of the season.

     

    Aoife the Wolfhound looking out at the bonfire (or more realistically, some animal).

     

    Next guest was Thom Fougere, popping in from Winnipeg for a few days.  

     

    Inaugural pizza from the Esse wood fired pizza oven, definitely the food highlight of the summer.  Also pictured, the Tomii Takashi wood serving bowl that is perfect for salad and our recently restocked Toolbox, which is great for cutlery and accessories that you need to tote around.

     

  • July 25, 2019

    Yumi Nakamura Exhibition

     

     

     

     

    Last Wednesday evening we were thrilled to host Yumi Nakamura's first solo exhibition in North America.

    We've been in contact for four years and have been patiently waiting for her work to make it's way to us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The copper funnels on the top of the shelf are both functional and sculputural with their conical shape. 

     

     

    Yumi-San brought some of her personal pieces to show how the copper will patina with use. 

     

     

    Yumi begins with a flat piece of copper and hand hammers it into shape.

    The white pieces are plated in silver and glazed to achieve the milk-white finish.

    Look closely and you will see the repeated hammer marks that reveal beautiful texture to her work.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hand-hammered copper kettles displayed on the long teak shelf.  

     

     

     

     Featured above is a silver glazed teapot with rattan handle and plate, along with a nickel and silver spoon.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Close-up of the tea pot used during the tea ceremony.  We love the beautiful blue indigo cloth that Satoe brought along with her!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These hand-hammered silver bowls have a lovely thin handle. They are also footed which gives

    them a floating-like appearance. 

     

     

     

     

    Yumi was joined by Satoe Moriya who performed tea ceremonies throughout the night.

     
     

     

    On the left: Tools from Yumi's personal collection used by Satoe. 

    Note the patina developed on hers compared the tea pot on the right.

    Over time her pieces will darken and patina with use.

     

     

    The exhibition will remain up for another week. Please visit us to see the beautiful work in person!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • June 21, 2019

    Renaud Sauve Rituals & Mythology Exhibition at Mjolk

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are honoured to be hosting the third exhibiton with Quebec based potter Renaud Sauvé at Mjölk,

    June 20th - July 4th.  All available products will be available online very shortly and we welcome

    you to visit the shop to view the pieces in person.

     

    Crystal ball resting on porcelain stand. Above it is a framed wasps nest and on the far right is a praying rat lidded container. 

     

     

    Chant of the Altai Shaman

     

    An ancient chant Renaud found in a very old book . The words have been delicately reproduced

    in cursive french on porcelain tiles.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Small ceramic bowls with hand motif. The blue lines are accomplished by tattooing the porcelain, a Korean technique.

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lidded vessels with hand-carved floral pattern. 

     

     

    Beautiful flower arrangement by our talented Ikebana expert Reiko-San. Look closely to find the

    hanging porcelain head, nose and ear. 

     

     

     
     


     

    The blue glaze is a made using a combination of soapstone and clear glaze.  

     

     

     

    Porcelain bowl with various seashells. 

     

     

     

    It's always exciting to see another Wave tile piece from Renaud! Also pictured above, a small bowl and praying otter. 

     

     

     

     

    A gold leaf framed artwork within a walnut frame above an incense burner featuring an otter in gold. On the right side, a swan bowl on walnut stand next to a wall-mounted swan with copper hanging. 

     

     

    Porcelain bowl with enclosed hands. 

     

    Hanging at the end of the exhibition are several tea light holders held by thin silver chains.  When the candles are lit the porcelain glows and the intricate patterns are revealed. 

     

     

    The artist, Renaud Sauvé. 

     

    Thank you everyone that attended the opening last night! The exhibition will run from June 20 - July 4th. 

    The available works will be uploaded to the website very shortly. Please stay tuned! 

     

  • May 31, 2019

    Kuuki no Katachi / Shape of Air by Masanobu Ando at Mjölk

    Kuuki no Katachi / Shape of Air by Masanobu Ando

     

    We are honoured to be hosting Masanobu Ando for a fourth exhibition  at Mjölk, May 30th-June 15. All available products are live on the webshop, and we welcome you by to see the pieces in person.

     

    Classic white and black silver glazed ceramics, mingle with a few bowls in an interesting blue glaze.

     

    Lapis Lazuli Glazed Italian Rim

     

    What makes it a cup? The shape? The use? Is it still a cup if you cannot use it as such?

     

    Some new colours have been introduced: yellow and celadon green

     

    "Kurosabi" Vase

     

    "Chabako" Chinese Tea Ceremony Set

     

    "Indigo" White Glazed Vase

     

    White matte vase

     

    Silver glazed pieces

     

    "Kurosabi" Italian Deep Bowl