Shiro Tsujimura: The Familiar Warmth of Stoneware



Self taught and self made, Shiro Tsujimura’s pottery delivers a sense of freshness and serenity to the viewer. Shiro resides and works in a home built by him and his wife in 1970 in Mima, Nara.




The air is crisp, the paths are green, and as they grow their own vegetables, fish locally, and work freely, Shiro and his wife, Mieko, occasionally welcome guests to their home by cooking a warm meal.

Both in work and lifestyle, Shiro Tsujimura delivers a largeness of spirit. There is a delicate balance between Shiro’s Igaware – a challenging style of Japanese pottery which demands masterful manipulation during firing- and food being served.


As Mieko carefully prepares the dishes, she considers the bowls, vessels, and teacups that will be used. She serves Oden, a simple Japanese vegetable based soup in a stoneware bowl made by her husband as he prepares beef through charcoal grilling. Using the same charcoal that is used to fire the kiln, Shiro’s art and life blends together in an absolutely serene way.


Shiro once said “If asked what I hope to create in my own work, the only answer I could possibly give would be that particular condition of the human heart.”

​Shiro’s pottery represents both a mastery of ceramics and of life; the warmth delivered through each piece is undeniable and truly is the uniqueness of ceramics itself.