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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, Ando is a certified Japanese tea master, and has been studying the art of Chinese Tea to supplement his knowledge of Japanese tea making.  We are delighted to announce that Ando has agreed to host 3 tea ceremonies at Tortoise focusing on Chinese tea ceremony, using his own ceramic tools made exclusively for this event.

Andy's tea ceremonies are all sold out, however, we will be hosting a special meet + greet with Ando on Saturday, November 24th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Tortoise, 12701 Venice Blvd Los Angeles CA 90066.

Ando will bring new homeware pieces as well as new sculptural pieces, also inspired by homeware lines and shapes.

This meet + greet is open to the public and no rsvp is required.  We will serve light refreshments.

Please join us!