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Medium Kawa Bowl by Luft Tanaka, Made to Order

$850per item


This medium Kawa Bowl is handcrafted by the designer (and Souda's Co-Owner), Luft Tanaka. Each bowl is made to order with a process that involves casting liquid porcelain into a mold that's made entirely of leather. This highly-unique casting method results in ceramics that capture the fluidity and the texture of the leather molds. The leather is able to be reused, but each time a new piece is cast into the mold, the shape comes out a little different. Process explanation: 1. Each piece starts off as a simple pen drawing. Once Luft determines the approximate forms, he starts sketching the bowls in a 3D Modeling software until he is happy with the shape. 2. Using the 3D model as a guide, Luft creates a fabric pattern for each mold. 3. The pattern is laid out on high-quality, beautifully textured leather. Each piece of the mold is cut-out and sewn together. Once the sewing is complete, the molds (which at this point resemble inside-out handbags) are ready for casting. 4. Liquid porcelain is poured directly into each leather mold. Once dried, a seam ripper is used to delicately peal away the leather from the porcelain. Each piece is fired in a kiln, a clear glaze is applied to the inside of the piece and they are fired a final time. Approximate Dimensions: 11.5" D x 5" H

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    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-6 weeks, excluding production time.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Brooklyn, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About The Maker

Since launching its debut collection in 2013, Souda has been making a name for itself as a ineffable force in the contemporary design world, by steadily introducing original modern furniture, lighting, and home accessories designed by a growing, global cohort of cutting-edge designers. Housed in a Brooklyn studio that was formerly a nightclub, the location is fitting for a brand ready to shake things up with designs that fluently combine sophistication and play. Beauty is found in the details, which is why Souda’s production and manufacturing process, tailored to each design, harmoniously combine the diligence of craft with the finesse of industry to ensure the highest-quality object arrives at your doorstep. We love every single piece we create, and we hope you will too.
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