For her first ceramic project, Guadalajara design professor and artist, Laura Noriega, drew from two cultural experiences close to her heart: The traditions of Mexican ceramics and her time spent in Japan. “I wanted to create a collection of objects that communicated the story of my connections and feelings about Japanese culture” says Noriega.
Before she launched her Japanese made table accessories, she spent six months researching in Kyoto in Kiyomizu, an area known for its ceramic craft, as part of a workshop and program called Modern Design and Traditional Techniques in association with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.
Laura was inspired by the beauty and precision of Japanese gastronomy when it came to crafting her line from Kiyomizu ceramic. “Portions are small and the tables are decorated with the food itself on different small plates. Details are very important and the way the table is set and food is distributed is harmonious.”
Launched in 2012 at Tokyo Design Week, her Empathy series that includes different size flower vases and candle holders explores the theme of empathic connections. “Each object can be linked and used in a different situation on the table” says Laura. “This action highlights the experience of connecting, sharing and multiplying.”
Her collection is presented in two different colour schemes: White matte and white with blue lines and gold. “The white, blue and gold are the most representative colours of Japanese ceramics, where the most important detail in the vases is the gold line” shares Laura.
Photo Source: Laura Noriega