Etsuo Sato

Ceramic jewelries by Etsuo Sato

Etsuo Sato Takenobu Tokyo

Etsuo Sato was born in 1953 in Yamagata Prefecture. After college, Etsuo worked in the antiques trade, specializing in oriental ceramics.

In 2001, thanks to this deep knowledge of pottery, Etsuo Sato began creating his own art in his studio Hana
Mishima, in
Asaka city, Saitama Prefecture.

Traditional technical Hana Mishima

The Japanese craftsman uses many traditional decoration techniques, such as picture, sgraffito, the bas-relief, and the traces of brush and small paint jets. Meticulous, Etsuo excels in
Mishima technique, which consists of incising extremely fine patterns in red clay and then covering it with white clay, to create a drawing by the contrast between the two, once the surplus of white clay is scraped.

Etsuo decided to embed flower patterns via the Hana Mishima method, after which his studio is named. This technique consists of using the ”
inka” (印花, “Flower brand”), a buffer carved in low relief in the shape of a small flower. The piece of clay is then dried in the open air and baked.

Renew the use of yore simplicity

Etsuo Sato achieves his small works with the practical intention of applying traditional Japanese craftsmanship techniques to create simple and elegant designs that enhance everyday casual outfits.

Thus, the works of Etsuo reflect not only the traditional aesthetic of “wabi-sabi” (侘 び 寂 び), but also an aesthetic consciousness, called ”
kirei sabi” (綺麗 寂 び): ”
Pure elegance“.