New York-based Japanese ceramic artist Hideminy recently held a solo exhibition in the tea ceremony room at Globus Washitsu, a tatami mat complex near Union Square. The “Wholehearted Tea Party” displayed all of the essentials one needs to enjoy a cup of tea, including realistic, clay versions of Japanese sweets.
During the exhibit, New York-based Japanese tea ceremony master Souheki Mori of Tea-Whisk conducted four separate tea ceremonies for visitors, who also enjoyed the special handmade Japanese sweets created by Miyuki Hyodo, a Japanese confectioner.
I absolutely love the puppy dog cookie jars and the sachets filled with ceramic macaroons. The macaroons look good enough to eat! Hidemi recommends putting essential oils on the macaroons and store the sachets in your dresser drawers.
A native of Tokyo, Hidemi began her career as a fashion designer and found ceramics purely by accident. While taking a walk through Union Square, she noticed a pottery studio. “I walked upstairs and sat down at the wheel for the first time in my life,” says Hidemi. She was instantly hooked. She had no formal training, but Hidemi’s self-taught artistry reflects the work of a dedicated professional. She can’t say how long it takes to create her pieces, but ” . . . Sometimes I’ll look around my room and realize I’ve been sitting there for 18 hours – no food, no break – and my room is filled with my work,” Hidemi says.
She spent ten years searching for, designing, and perfecting her signature lace that adorns the majority of her tea cups, bowls, and flower vases. The items she creates mirror her Japanese heritage; you can see the aesthetic beauty and attention to detail in each piece. Her incense holders and accessors take the form of cherry blossoms, plums, chrysanthemums, and pine trees.
Lately Hidemi has been experimenting with metallic colors to go along with her use of pastels, and her bowls are taking different shapes, sometimes unintentionally.
“I make many, many mistakes,” laughs Hidemi, adding that when she makes ten bowls, she’ll throw away eight or nine. “But after the mistakes, I learn more because making mistakes helps me with my designs.”
Hidemi’s designs express her inner beauty and joy , and she hopes people will react to her ceramics “as if it were a beautiful flower.”