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February Newsletter - Tortoise General Store


We have published our February newsletter
Special announcements include: special book-signing with artist, Susumu Kamijo, as well as a Modern Kintsugi workshop with ceramicist Tomomi Kamoshita and a rare visit from Ippodo tea from Kyoto, Japan - both happening in March.  
Check it out!
- Tortoise

January Newsletter - Tortoise General Store

We have published our January newsletter!
Thank you to everyone for a wonderful 2018. 
We look forward to a fun 2019 with all of youl!
- Tortoise

Holiday Shipping Deadline - Tortoise General Store!

We are receiving a high volume of both online and in-store orders as we get closer to the holidays, and we understand the time sensitivity of your purchases.  For this reason, we recommend getting your online orders in by December 14th, Friday so that you can receive these items in time for the holidays.  

Please know, we only ship orders with UPS ground - and we do not send any of our orders with expedited shipping.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

Please also kindly note that we cannot guarantee any delivery dates even if you are able to...

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,...