Stumptown x Maruhiro: Behind the Mug

Jul 21, 2020

To celebrate the opening of our Kyoto cafe, we teamed up with Japanese design legends Maruhiro on this beautiful mug, made by the artisans at their Hasami porcelain brand. Hasami is the name of both the brand and the town where the ceramics are produced; each piece is created by hand, with care, following traditional ceramics technique developed in the Saga Prefecture. Hasami ceramics production is characterized by a specialized division of labour where shaping, molding, glazing, and firing are handled independently. We recently chatted with a representative from Maruhiro to talk all things ceramics and collaboration.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters: How long has Maruhiro been working in ceramics?
Maruhiro: HASAMI was launched in 2010.

SCR: What do you enjoy the most about your work?
M: We love collaborating with other industries (or other categories of business, or other genres) in a variety of ways.

SCR: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
M: We draw our inspiration from classical documents in the local region, Hasami, and the physical site of the kiln.

SCR: Do you have any favorite projects you’ve worked on in the past?
M: A few! "Hyaku-man," an exhibition by MARUHIRO and EVISEN SKATEBOARDS in Tokyo in February 2019; one-of-a-kind porcelain skateboards and collaborative products were on display and for sale.

"Toriatsukai-chui" an exhibition by MARUHIRO and BlackEyePatch in Tokyo in November 2019. Collaborative products were displayed and sold under the theme of "Toriatsukai-chui," which means handle with care in English).

"AIR," a group exhibition in Tokyo in November 2019. In collaboration with Shuntaro Takeuchi, an illustrator, we created 11 replications of Nike Air Force 1s in porcelain. Those were exhibited and sold for a month.

SCR: What other artists do you work with?
M: We have been working with Shuntaro Takeuchi, an illustrator for many years in various ways.

SCR: Is there any artist or project that is your ultimate dream collaboration?
M: We'd love to work with Lee "Scratch" Perry.