Polkaros Craft Club

Polkaros Craft Club
Introducing Polkaros Craft Club, a new project we created to share our love for craft. We hope to offer more regular workshops and hopefully go on a craft tour! First up, we are having an intimate Planter Workshop at A Different Clan in Singapore where you will learn how to create your very own planter with traditional handbuilding techniques using air-dry red clay from Japan. To sign up, simply go to our online store to purchase a spot here!

Details are as follow:
Venue: A Different Clan, 30A Seah Street
Date: 25 March 2017, Saturaday
Time: 2pm-5pm
Duration: 3hrs
Fee:US$105*

*Please note that currency on our online store is currently in USD.
Have a great weekend!


We ❤️ Kokeshi

We ❤️ kokeshi

Kokeshi was created during the end of Edo-period in Tohoku region in Japan and sold as a toy/souvenir to tourists at the popular hot springs. It is carved out on a wheel, which is quite similar to how our pots are made.

We ❤️ kokeshi

There are two kinds of Kokeshi doll – the Traditional Kokeshi that consists of 11 different styles and originated from 6 prefectures in Tohoku, and the Modern Kokeshi that was created by modern craftsmen and sold as a souvenir all over Japan. Kokeshi as originally created as a toy for children and is designed in a way that a child or infant can hold on to the doll easily. The width of the body of a kokeshi doll is meant to fit in a child’s hand nicely. We love how a traditional craft and natural material like wood is combined with a cute design and simple colors. I can imagine how a child would be attracted to the toy when they are on a holiday with their parents. It kind of reminds me of how I was naturally attracted to ceramic pieces with faces and colors when I hung out at my parent’s pottery studio as a child, surrounded by more ‘serious’ and ‘adult’ works.

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Above is one of our earliest pot shapes that was inspired by the Japanese Kokeshi Doll. I was inspired to create something that would speak to someone out there who is playful and filled with the curiosity of a child.
We have just updated our store and you can see the full Kokeshi collection here.


Uniqlo flagship store pre-opening event

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We are very honored to be part of the private opening event of Uniqlo’s first flagship store in Singapore/South East Asia. The brief was to host a 15 minutes workshop for 60 pax. This was our first time doing something in that scale and I was excited to take up the challenge! After some brainstorming, I finally decided to do a mini pot brooch painting workshop for the event. It was a busy and fun night sharing my craft with the guests. Everyone was so creative and it was interesting to see everyone’s interpretation of my mini pots. Here are some pictures from that night!

Uniqlo pre-opening night workshop

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Tegamisha Book & Coffee Cafe

Spend an afternoon in a quiet neighbourhood of Chofu city at one of Tokyo’s alternative book cafe, Tegamisha (手紙舎カフェ), locataed just 30 minutes away from Shinjuku. With tastefully curated shelves of books and zines on art, craft and lifestyle, it’s one place you should come by if you’re in Tokyo.

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There is a little cozy cafe at the back of the store, or upstairs at Level 2 where you can enjoy a good cup and cake while you read a book, or have a go at their daily food menu.

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Tegamisha has a great selection of zakka by Japanese craftsmen that we love! And they also organise a craft market called Nominoichi that we will talk about in our next post.

Find out more about Tegamisha here.

Tegamisha Honten
Address: 4-23-35 Nishitsutsujigaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-0006, Japan
Directions: 10 minutes walk from Tsutsujigaoka Station (Keio line) South Exit

Tegamisha Book & Coffee and 2nd Story
Address: 1 Chome-17-5 Kikunodai, Chōfu-shi, Tōkyō-to 182-0007, Japan
Directions: 1 minute walk from Shibasaki Station (Keio line)


Behind the scenes of Polkaros! [Part 1/2]

Ever wonder how your pots are painted? Let’s take a peek into our initial stages of pot painting at our studio!
Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Polkaros studio behind the scenes
We create little handy design guides for our pots.

Polkaros studio behind the scenesDiscussion of workflow before we get started. Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Checking for defects before we start our painting process.

Polkaros studio behind the scenesTaking reference to the ceramic colour guides on the wall. Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Mixing and getting our signature pastel colours and shades right.

Polkaros studio behind the scenes

It’s not all done yet! Stay tuned later this week for the finishing steps before firing them at the kiln!


Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015

It’s the time of the year again for Tokyo Art Book Fair!

TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR

Held every year at the Kyoto University of Art & Design, Tohoku University of Art & Design Gaien Campus in Tokyo’s chic Aoyama area. This year, each visitor gets a cool orange drawstring bag courtesy of Beams Japan!

So what’s in that bright coloured bag?
A guidebook and a floor guide on each exhibitor.

Split into 2 floors breaming with creativity, here are some of artists and booths that caught my attention!
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Rumi Hara and her fun illustrations and zines. Spot the funky pompom card!
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Makomo is well known for his style in character illustration.
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One of my favourite illustrators, Grace Lee and her zine “You need more than 2 hours at the MET”.
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On display: Irma Boom is famous for making a tiny version of her gigantic books that she publishes.
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Did you know?!
Polkaros first launched the Japon and Polkaros Lifestyle zines at past TABFs!
You can still get them via our Polkaros Shop! Especially if you love all things Japan, be sure to check our Japon zine out!
★ Japon A little zine inspired by Traditional Japanese Craft
★ Polkaros Lifestyle Zine

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Introducing our new Content Curator, Junel Che.
Junel is a Singapore-born illustrator and web-designer based in Tokyo.
She will be curating stories on crafts, art, design and lifestyle events for the Polkaros blog.
Welcome Junel to the Polkaros Team!

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