Sneak Peek: East Meets West

July 9, 2014

By Maria LaPiana

Hanako Nakazato is descended from a long line of Japanese potters. A very long line. In fact, her family has been creating works of art out of clay for fourteen generations. Yes, fourteen. Ever respectful of her past, but inspired by Western art, the gifted Nakazato’s pottery (sold under the name Monohanako) weds the best of both worlds. She says her desire is to “bring out the natural beauty of clay” and she does. The artist, who spends half her time in Japan and half in Union, Maine creates sensuous bowls, bottles, cups (and more) that only look like they should be displayed in a museum … they are meant to be used every day. See more of her work and read Hanako Nakazato’s story in the September-October issue of New England Home.

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Photos courtesy of Monohanako