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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...


japanese vintage tools exhibition + market collection by tortoise owner, taku shinomoto

Friday October 26th to Sunday November 18th

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

Beginning Friday October 26th, Tortoise will be exhibiting Japanese vintage tools and folk craft with materials ranging from wood, ceramics and iron for a month-long market that ends Sunday November 18th. All displayed pieces will be available for purchase during this event.


A price list for the...


Tortoise is Hiring! Sales Associate Positions - Full time and Part time (seasonal)

Tortoise is a curated multi-functional retail space dedicated to Japanese design, craft and art.  With our recent expansion to a new location in mar vista California, we are also looking to grow our Tortoise staff.

Position: Part-time and full-time associates with weekend availability

Start date: As soon as possible

Location: Los Angeles based candidates preferred

Language: English and Japanese fluency strongly preferred 

Salary: $15/hour (training) / $17/hour (part-time) / TBD (full-time)

Please email resume and cover letter to: emma@tortoiselife.com

Starting as soon as possible, Tortoise is seeking an enthusiastic retail associate with background knowledge of...


Flatworks: Paint Cans + Boxes by Artist, Mitsuru Koga (Event: 8/23/2018 Thursday) - RSVP Below!

Reception Party: 8/23/2018 (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Exhibition : 8/24/2018 - 9/23/2018

Location for Party and Exhibition: tortoise / 12705 Venice Blvd Los Angeles CA 90066

Please RSVP here!

Since 2008, Tortoise has had the honor of exhibiting several different works by contemporary Japanese artist, Mitsuru Koga including Koga's well known wire trees, wire leaves, sea-stone vases, leaf cutouts and statues of color pencils and brushes.

Koga's most recent works, entitled 'Flatworks', is an exploration of the ordinary things through an extra-ordinary eye.

With great skill and mysterious...