Fruit born from conversations with craftsmen
atelier tete tableware is given life and form by respected craftsmen with highly cultivated skills. What we hand over to them is just a piece of paper indicating the size of tableware. Natural forms of handwork are not something that could nor should be drawn and planned on paper. The craftsmen produce many prototypes on the potter's wheel, while the KINTO planning team trustfully observes and communicates the desired image. By engaging in continuous conversation, one day, like a sprout emerges from its seed, the ideal form takes shape.
Inspiration from natural objects
When imagining the ideal form, the energy of natural objects was what crossed our minds. Like the soft, round shape of pebbles formed gradually by the flow of the river. Like the profound colors of fruits ripened by power from within. Each piece in atelier tete is inspired by the beauty of natural objects which develops over a long period of time.
Scenery of tableware
Minerals in the glaze and different firing temperatures bring about transformation in the kiln to create innumerable expressions. Like the precious encounters in life are infinite, no two pieces are exactly the same; the texture of glaze, gentle gleams of light, slight crackling patterns, gradation and separation of color. These effects are yielded by variations in the kiln and expert handwork techniques. The scenery woven together by human and nature is the uniqueness of atelier tete.
Story behind the symbol
Creating the original mold, shaping of the cup handle, glazing, engraving, and printing—atelier tete involves handwork in most of its production process. As the word "te" means "hand" in Japanese, the logo represents two joined hands and conveys the recurring themes in the tableware, "from hand to hand" and "traces of handwork." The logo which is reminiscent of a flower as well as a shining sun will light up your day.