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Fresh Shop: Chieshop

Apr 4, 2013

by Chie Miyazaki

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Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!
My name is Chie Miyazaki, and I make ceramics for my shop, CHIESHOP. I am currently based in London, England.

I was born in Japan, near a town called Arita, the biggest producer of ceramics in the country. My family runs a ceramic studio in a small village with a few ceramic studios and a ceramic festival each spring, so I grew up very close to ceramics. I used to enjoy making puppets with clay when I was little. Instead of going to amazing amusement parks or nice sightseeing places, my parents took me to see many ceramic exhibitions. Although I occasionally resented being born into a ceramic family, those experiences made me who I am and are a big part of my ceramic interest.

 

In 2006, I moved to the UK to study illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. Until then, I had always assumed that illustration had to be on paper or must illustrate text in an editorial format. Studying at Camberwell opened many possibilities for my illustration work. I learned how to think about, look at and put myself into my work. It really inspired me and formed a strong foundation for my creativity.

 

I began to apply my illustrations to my ceramics and discovered my drawings work really well in this format. When I see the final work on my ceramics, there’s a rawness to the drawings, yet they feel more complete.

My tutor at Camberwell, Luke Best, bought some of my work that I made in Japan for his girlfriend, Laura Carlin. After she received her present, we met up and fell in love with each other’s ceramic works. We held our first collaborative ceramic show, MOO MOO WOOF WOOF, in November 2012, producing over 100 figures, including animals, dinosaurs, buildings, people, planters, and tableware. We’ve recently moved into a shared studio in South London. Working with Laura is such fun and so inspiring — we enjoy the differences and similarities in both our practice and way of seeing things. We are planning to have our next show this November in London.

I look forward to spending more and more time with my ceramics. Ceramics are a very friendly art; you can feel the texture, you can look at the aesthetic, and if they are an animal, you may even feel that they are your own pet!
All images courtesy of CHIESHOP.

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94 comments

  • valeriephoto said 6 years ago

    I love the illustrations on your ceramics Chie!

  • kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Neat ceramics!! Congratulations on the feature!

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous ceramic work! I love your unique designs! Congrats!!!

  • ArtDecoDame said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature.Interesting pieces.

  • ShoeClipsOnly said 6 years ago

    Love your designs! Congrats on the feature!!

  • PillowcaseHeaven said 6 years ago

    I really like the little animal ceramic figures, so cute!!!

  • theowlshop said 6 years ago

    I love love love the black and white bunny! Your ceramics are amazing...

  • deodorantshop said 6 years ago

    So beautiful and original!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Fun, fun, fun! Congrats!

  • Harem6 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful ceramics !

  • auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    Charming and original

  • PeonyKnits said 6 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • Iammie said 6 years ago

    Cute!

  • debbiedawson77 said 6 years ago

    Well done on an interesting feature and some lovely work.

  • HuellaHuella said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop and designs! Congrats!

  • JoyceAlice2 said 6 years ago

    Cute stuff! I like your pig and the green crocodile :) Sounds like such fun to share a studio with another artist who is both congenial and inspiring. And in London, no less! Good luck with your shop

  • NinaRaizel said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! I love the raw emotion and texture that goes into each piece, bringing it to life. You obviously stay true to your style and create what you love, and it shows through every piece. Very inspirational for artists of every kind.

  • TheGemGirl said 6 years ago

    Congratulations and Welcome Chie! I like your secret lands in the belly of your animals. A treasure within a treasure. I am also new to Etsy and look forward to watching your progress. Best of luck.

  • oktak said 6 years ago

    すばらしい作品の数々にうっとり。フィーチャーおめでとうございます!(有田焼、大好きです!)

  • TinasBeadMind said 6 years ago

    Your work is so charming. I love the illustrations. Best of luck to with your shop on Etsy.

  • rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    Looks like you have alot of fun!

  • NirvanaRoad said 6 years ago

    Love the dinosaurs! Very creative work.

  • WellRavelled said 6 years ago

    Love your whimsical style! Congrats on the feature.

  • accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Very cute and funny! Great work!

  • alexibon said 6 years ago

    Your work is so creative and fun! Congratulations!

  • anier87 said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. Great work!

  • Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    Awesome work:O)

  • TheAlexisSlaughter said 6 years ago

    Your work is amazing!

  • charlynw said 6 years ago

    Those animals are ammmmmmaaaaazing! Brilliant and inspiring work! :)

  • richardlithgow said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured!

  • MagpieWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Love your swimmers - so full of whimsy. All the best to you.

  • SpaceMauve said 6 years ago

    Super .

  • buhnon said 6 years ago

    So unique! I love your items :)

  • RetroRevivalBoutique said 6 years ago

    Such quirky, beautiful pieces! Congrats on the feature! (^__^)

  • CreativeMoves said 6 years ago

    Such charming pieces! I adore the piggy and the penguin most of all! :)

  • SPAULEY said 6 years ago

    The animal figures are great but the plates are WONDERFUL! Congrats on your feature.

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful whimsy!

  • memckeen said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop! Congrats on the feature.

  • CharmingShopLove said 6 years ago

    Very interesting look! I like your original style. There's nothing else like this

  • umemavi said 6 years ago

    Congratulations--Omedetou gozaimasu!!!

  • skyvalleyjewelry said 6 years ago

    Very unique, love it !

  • PlanetSusan said 6 years ago

    Very whimsical. The pig's face is adorable.

  • PlanetSusan said 6 years ago

    My comment didn't appear so I'm repeating it (I hope it doesn't show up twice) Very whimsical, the pig's face is adorable!

  • Fullerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the pig...very cute. Congrats, you have some beautiful pieces.

  • WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    I'm in love with the little bunny...

  • knitsbycaitlin said 6 years ago

    Adorable!

  • wafuartsandcrafts said 6 years ago

    ほんわかしたイラストがステキです。

  • MeganSWarre said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love your work Chie! Will definitely buy something from you in the future. Luke Best and Laura Carlin are also big inspirations of mine. Best of luck with your shop and exhibitions!

  • paintmydog said 6 years ago

    Lovely!

  • H88255 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. So unique!

  • minipotterybyanita said 6 years ago

    What FUN you must have creating these adorable items! Clay is such a wonderful medium! Practically unlimited shapes, colors and designs, right out of the imagination! I love it, too! ♥♥♥

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 6 years ago

    The best part of ETSY is the wonderful, creative, talent that you find here everyday that still never ceases to amaze and amuse me! I wish you much success. Your work is very heartfelt and unique!, JoDene

  • CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    Absolutely fun!

  • Blucha said 6 years ago

    Love your ceramics, Chie - especially the piggy! Congrats on the feature, and good luck with your lovely shop!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Very unique and original. Congratulation!

  • mudpuppy said 6 years ago

    So fantastic, Thank you for introducing me to Chie's work!

  • casadeboneca said 6 years ago

    fun and unique work!

  • jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    Fun stuff!

  • haruaki said 6 years ago

    可愛いです!頑張って、ちえさん!(^ω^)Good luck! Lucky you to be part of such a creative family tradition!

  • deepowell said 6 years ago

    Super charming.

  • patspottery said 6 years ago

    WOW. another potter is featured!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it, and you and your pottery:>)

  • Shallot said 6 years ago

    Simple-hearted works! That's funny and creative.

  • michellequarterschap said 6 years ago

    I love the energy in your drawings! The Prince looks like he's ready to jump off the plate.

  • yimmekedesign said 6 years ago

    Recently my friend invited me to her pottery class. Sure, always up for a new challenge. But HEY !!! she did NOT tell me how absolutely relaxing and awesome this class was going to be. It is wonderful to learn new techniques, to play with clay and to let that blob of dirt tell you what it wants to be. And just wait until you see your glazed goodies come out of the kiln...what a delight ! How great Chie, that you are able to play in the dirt all day and make all these gorgeous pieces for us to enjoy!

  • HairAccents said 6 years ago

    Totally gorgeous ceramics! I am in awe of your fine talent!

  • rinamiriam said 6 years ago

    Great work! I really like them. Congratulations! :-)

  • emwi said 6 years ago

    So fun! I love your work. :)

  • losethecurse said 6 years ago

    I visited the Arita ceramics festival a few times when I lived in Karatsu. I wonder if I saw your family's ceramics there. Good luck with your studio in London. 佐賀県仲間のちえさんを応援しています! がんばって下さい★

  • The84thuniverse said 6 years ago

    love the innocence

  • teazel said 6 years ago

    very nice..

  • FoxyGloves23 said 6 years ago

    Original. Yes, pigs rule! Good luck to you

  • cosmiksouls said 6 years ago

    Very unique and lovely !!! Thanks for sharing and many wishes for the best of luck with your designs :)

  • aressa said 6 years ago

    What a great story....Love the pig!!! Congrats to your success....

  • clgifts said 6 years ago

    Great story; I love that you grew up in a ceramic family and that you resented it at times. : ) Nice collaboration between the two of you and I really like your whimsical pieces.

  • meanjeanarts said 6 years ago

    I adore the black and white bunny! Love the fresh, raw look of your work and I can never resist something hidden within something else. Congratulations on your feature, your shop is certain to do well.

  • OneLaneRoad said 6 years ago

    I love how you made illustration into cermaics! Such a fun style. Keep it up!!

  • SHM2013 said 6 years ago

    Sounds like quite the journey! Good luck on your future endeavors, growing up in a family run business has its perks....just not all the time. :-) I know that from experience myself.

  • PorcupineSmooth said 6 years ago

    so lovely childish style! :)

  • bbags4u said 6 years ago

    Your creations make me feel happy. I love this kind of art.

  • 1shopaholic4u said 6 years ago

    Awsome...... I love the textures and style.

  • MrPimm said 6 years ago

    Love your one of a kind creations. Cheers!

  • Littleblessingsmomma said 6 years ago

    love the pig!

  • Challand said 6 years ago

    Cute : )

  • sandrostumpo said 6 years ago

    The artwork makes me smile. Very happy stuff.

  • deadsetbabes said 6 years ago

    gorgeous, thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

  • irinisklavounou said 6 years ago

    Oh i absolutely LOVE your work. Your pieces are so primitive and yet wonderfully refined.... Primitive work looks on the surface like anyone could do it but there is a certain magic to the approach that takes a great deal of confidence and perseverance to master. Chie, you would have made a wonderful cavewoman.

  • kroksg said 6 years ago

    Your designs are SO unique, never stop creating!!

  • byDelirium said 6 years ago

    Great Job!!

  • hasincla said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love that your work actually looks...unfinished? I'm not sure how to explain, but it's a little rough and cute at the same time. Lots of emotion in it! Very unique!

  • Mythillogical said 6 years ago

    I love your story Chie- I can really relate to it-I had a similar experience studying illustration at Uni, and realising that it doesn't have to mean drawings confined to paper. I ended up making models as my mind just seems to work better in 3D! Your cheeky bunny is wonderful!

  • TheOldHatBox said 6 years ago

    Very charming shop! The adorable animals could be the perfect decor for any children's room!

  • eshannon12 said 6 years ago

    That pig is amazing! I really love all your animal creations.

  • VintageLoot said 6 years ago

    Cute, cute pig :-)

  • Princesssparkl73 said 6 years ago

    I LOVE the pig! Sooooo cute xx

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