Born in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1977, Toru Hatta graduated from the Department of Environmental Design, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka Sangyo University. In 2003 Hatta became solely focussed on ceramics and it's been his passion ever since. 

He is now based in a town near Osaka, that still retains the look of a 450-year-old Edo-era town, and four years ago he built a house and studio there. It is close to the sea, and Kongo, the highest peak in Osaka, can be seen from the front window. His wood-fired kiln is in the same location where kiln technology was first introduced to Japan from the continent 1500 years ago. 

Pursuing the endless possibilities of clay, he produces mainly white, black, and Mishima-te ceramics with a focus on the taste of clay. Firing at the pace of once a month in a wood-fired kiln, his passion for pottery emanates from these works, which he fires many times until he is satisfied with them.

His works are deceptively simple - each one a masterful rendering of traditional form and shape. Yet the glazes they are draped in are what make these pieces truely magical. Luminous and deep, his ancient greens and milky greys, embedded with flashes of colour and dark flecks, form a whole universe in your hand that draws one ever deeper.


We've been admiring and purchasing his work since our first foray to Japan in 2013, and were fortunate enough to meet him at a Tokyo exhibition in March 2020. We are now very excited to be offering his work in Australia.

Photos by Yusuke Nishibe.