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Tomoro Mizuno (@tomoro.m) makes nerikomi pottery, a centuries-old Japanese ceramics style. “My father and grandfather also made nerikomi pottery, so I’ve seen it since I was young,” says Tomoro. The technique consists of coloring white clay with different oxides and minerals (nerikomi means “kneading” in Japanese) and carefully laying strips into patterns that appear when you slice the clay slab laterally. It takes about eight hours just to make the pattern; entirely finishing a bowl or sake cup can take up the three days. 🍶
Though his designs of wildflowers, pandas and human faces continue to be popular, Tomoro is still grateful for the attention he receives. “I’m always surprised when people have such a reaction to my work.”
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