SIONE: Storytelling Pottery & Other “Readable” Products
Rethinking the meaning of the “spirit” of the traditional culture
that grew around tea ceremony,
SIONE ceramics give “form” to this spirit while telling stories along the way.
Like the lingering feeling that one has after reading the last page of a novel…
Like the elation that one feels when one puts on a very special outfit…
SIONE ceramics serve as a switch
that transforms everyday life into something extraordinary.
SHOWKO was born into a family of potters who have, for some 330 years, produced Makuzu porcelain wares for use in tea ceremony. After completing extensive training in Saga Prefecture, she returned to her hometown of Kyoto to establish her own studio in 2005, thus beginning her career as a ceramic painting artist, one who uses distinctive techniques to produce unique works of art.
Over time, SHOWKO began further exploring the possibilities of ceramics while drawing upon her experience as a graphic designer. In 2009, she incorporated her studio and launched SIONE as a brand based on the concept of “Readable Ceramics,” whose pieces each tell a story. In 2016, SIONE opened its first company store in the neighborhood of Ginkakuji (better known internationally as the Temple of the Silver Pavilion) in Kyoto. Through its ceramic paintings and other artwork, SIONE creates moments and spaces filled with warm hospitality, spreading this sentiment while expanding its activities throughout Japan and as far afield as China, Taiwan, Paris, Milan and beyond.