The Product: Japanese ‘Polka Spot’ or ‘Plain’ blue bud vases
These cheery ‘Polka Spot’ and elegant ‘Plain’ blue bud vases are redolent of the Japanese style aesthetic. They originate from the studio of talented ceramicist Miyu Kurihara. The Frankfurt-born artist studied art and textile design in both Japan and London. She employs traditional brush techniques to decorate each porcelain bud vase by hand. Watch this fascinating short clip to see the artist at work in her studio. Miyu draws upon her heritage, taking her cues from traditional blue and white Asian ceramics, as well as Japanese kimono designs. The results, however, possess a decidedly modern sensibility. Miyu Kurihara’s vase designs work brilliantly in a modern, architectural space. They would, however, be equally suited to a more rustic, cottage setting.
On the hunt for a charming, hand-made gift for an interiors aficionado, lover of craft or fan of Japanese style? A Japanese bud vase by Miyu Kurihara may prove an unusual yet delightful choice. Whether birthday, house-warming or anniversary celebration, your stylish pal will no doubt adore the intricate hand-painting and quirky appeal of such a unique and thoughtful present. Perfectly portable and brilliant for creating an eclectic still life display. Simply team with other globally-inspired finds and juxtapose scale, style, pattern and texture.
Japanese bud vases are delicate items. Display on sturdy, immovable surfaces such as shelving, a mantlepiece, a ledge or recess – well away from small hands and wobbly furniture! A sweet addition to a guestroom bedside perhaps? Pop in a single bloom for a cheery welcome. They’d also look striking displayed as a group. Mixed heights and patterns on modern open shelving or along a mantel shelf. A single blowsy bloom such as a rose, anemone or carnation works well. Alternatively opt for a few sprigs of lavender or rosemary, the structural beauty of a lone thistle or arching eucalyptus stems.
The small ‘Polka Spot’ and ‘Plain’ blue bud vases measure approx. 15cm (H) x 2cm (W). They are internally glazed, so suitable for holding water. All vases are signed by the artist. See here for alternative vase patterns. Queries or questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email here.