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japanese vintage tools exhibition + market / curated and collected by tortoise owner, taku shinomoto

 

Tortoise owner and Hasami designer, Taku Shinomoto has been traveling across Japan collecting rare vintage Japanese tools for the last 15 years.

Beginning Friday, October 26th, Tortoise will...


renowned japanese ceramicist, masanobu ando visits tortoise / meet + greet on saturday, november 24th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrated Japanese ceramicist, Masanobu Ando, is returning to Tortoise for the first time since 2014.

Living in Tajimi, Japan – in Gifu prefecture – Ando creates ceramics pieces that are atypical of traditional ceramic ware. Known for rejecting the use of the wheel, Ando practices a technique called tatara, a technique where sheets of clay are molded together into a single, solid shape.  His glazing technique also creates a surface and metallic appearance that resembles silver rather than clay, with some of his sculptural pieces evoking rusted pipes or sheets of steel.

In addition to his renowned ceramic work,...


tortoise kitchen unveiled for new pre-fab project  / TGS taku shinomoto x OMD jennifer siegal

tortoise kitchen unveiled for new pre-fab project  / TGS taku shinomoto x OMD jennifer siegal

Hasami Porcelain designer and Tortoise owner Taku Shinomoto has a lifetime of experience, having formerly worked as an in-house furniture designer at Idée in Tokyo, Japan for 13 years before moving to the U.S.

Having designed shelving, cabinetry and furniture for Tortoise for the last 15 years along with parts of his newly renovated home in Venice (most recently featured in Dwell), Taku has decided to start a new design venture: custom add-on kitchen units for pre-fabricated homes.  

This venture is a collaborative project between Tortoise and renowned Southern Californian Prefab Designer, Jennifer Siegal.

As a long time Tortoise customer, Siegal...


axe 'pre-order + pick up' pancake batter event!

       

AXE and Tortoise have a friendship spanning over 15 years and 2 very big moves.  Since working side by side together on Abbot Kinney from 2003 to 2014, we have had 3 AXE events at Tortoise and we are happy to announce yet  another. For those who have asked when AXE would return to Tortoise with their famous multi-grain pancake batter, we are happy to inform you...


chinese tea ceremony with ceramicist and japanese tea master, masanobu ando

Saturday November 24th and Sunday November 25th
11:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-3:30pm

This November, Tortoise is thrilled to welcome back the celebrated Japanese ceramist, Masanobu Ando.  Our last exhibition with Ando was in September 2014.

Living in Tajimi, Japan – in Gifu prefecture – Ando creates ceramic pieces that are atypical of traditional ceramic ware. Known for rejecting the use of the wheel, Ando practices a technique called tatara, a technique where sheets of clay are molded together into a single, solid shape.  His glazing technique...