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Designed by Noe Kuremoto
In my 20’s and 30’s like many women I suffered from an ‘allergy’ to marriage and motherhood. I believed that so long as I was an independent career woman, I’d do just fine, thank you very much. And I was just that, until life hit my head with a sledge hammer. Death. Serious illness. Financial crisis. Pandemic. My belief system collapsed. Worse still, my belief in belief systems collapsed. Now what? Here I was in my mid 30’s, held prisoner by my younger self’s definition of success. Maybe I wasn’t enough of a die-hard artist? As I hung our Shimekazari* above our door this past New Year, it made me wonder why our ancestors felt the family’s soul needed protection from evil spirits. What I actually needed was the same as most people: A stable intimate partner, a family, a home, a career. And as it turned out, having a family helped me become someone who could better identify my creative capabilities, be more creatively courageous, more able to articulate and put into action my art, and better pursue my ‘noble’ goals. Family life takes serious cultivation, certainly. And we must fight the temptations of our own idiosyncrasies. Perhaps these are the evil spirits Shimekazari defend us from rather than some evil sprits from a mysterious hell? Flawed as I am as a human being, a wife, a mother - family offers me the possibility of becoming so much more than I am, under Shimekazari*. And though there’s no evidence it will work out - I commit to it. Wholeheartedly. If you’re ready to turn ‘not the right time’ into the time of your life, please dive into the eternally beautiful ocean of family with me. It’s intense. Crazy fun. And fundamentally human.
Here’s to family.
The eternal beauty.
About the designer
Noe Kuremoto is a ceramic artist who makes everything by hand using simple tools. She’s known for playful sculptural work that takes the form of functional wares. Her pieces mix child-like simplicity with contemporary sophistication, and incorporate her background in Fine Art and design with her cultural heritage. She shares the traditional Japanese view that sprits are everywhere, especially in nature – for Noe the truth of our universe can be found in wilderness. Her signature piece is a single flower vase - an ‘Ichirin Zashi’, which invites the sprit of nature into people’s homes in the simplest form possible. It’s representative of her desire to make a deeper connection in a world that can often feel shallow.