Hello from SAC Bros!
We are SAC Bros. Company formed by 2 childhood friends from Osaka.
We started up by establishing our studio in Iga-shi (Mie pref.) and office in Tokyo in 2019 and are aiming to offer "Hygge life" to people all over the world through our works.
Running Youtube and social media
Who are SAC Bros.?
Self named "Yakinchu", the burner.
More than 100 times of firing pottery, which means spending a whole year firing woods in kiln.
Moved to Mie prefecture in order to build his own kiln.
Landscape photographer. Huge fan of Kawasaki Frontale and Hanshin Tigers.
Suggesting "Hygge life".
Hygge is a word from Denmark where is on the high place of World happiness ranking every year, which means cosy lifestyle.
We define our Hygge life by the below 4 points and show our products.
Lifestyle with quality goods by cherishing and using them long
Lifestyle to make cosy atmosphere
Lifestyle to value the times with family and friends
Lifestyle to be in the nature and relax
There are many choices and convenient services in Japan, but we take the lifestyle as human and daily happiness as Hygge life, and brush up our products.
How we came from?
We met each other in kindergarten in Osaka, spent lots of time together, and now we have our families. Potter Motoman creates pottery in our studio in Iga-shi (Mie pref.) and photographer Enken runs our sales office in Tokyo.
Profile of Motoman
Established SAC Bros. Company with Enken in 2019
Moved to Shimagahara, Iga-shi, Mie to build electric kiln and kerosene kiln in 2017
Awarded chairperson of a city council at the 64th Kishiwada-shi exhibition in 2013
Learnt firewood kiln and gained more experiences and knowledges in many kilns in 2011
Became an independent potte in 2009
Set up a group studio with electric kiln in Kawachinagano-shi, Osaka in 2006
Graduated from Osaka University of Arts in 2003
Born in Osaka in 1980
Here is our studio which is also used as home, and it is in Iga-shi, Mie where is famous for Iga-yaki pottery. In a small village where we can work in the nature with feeling seasons.
It has 3 houses, the one is main house for living, another is for studio and the other is storage (which is planned to remake to exhibition in the future).
It is said that the main house was built around 150 years ago and we ourselves renovated it in 3 years (you can see the renovation more detailed in our blog).
We will keep the renovation. We have pottery equipment like potter’s wheel, electric kiln, and kerosene kiln.
All of our pottery are hand made in this studio.
In the last 15 years, we have been taking a step forward consistently by funding, capital investment, brushing up our style and thoughts through daily works, exhibitions, sales and meeting with many people.
The reason we decided to move to Iga-shi from my home town is to want to create something special with firewood kiln. Hereby I want to explain the difference between firewood kiln and electric kiln /kerosene kiln.
Attracted by firewood kiln "WORKS #1"
Iga-yaki origins are believed to date to Azuchi–Momoyama period (AD 1568 – 1600), and one of Japanese national crafts.
Mixture of soil in Iga and fire kiln creates its most unique character with the natural glaze so called glass because ash from firewood flies (generally 72 hours) and is put on the surface on pottery. In addition, pottery fired with firewood makes itself one and only.
Electric kiln and kerosene kiln are good for mass production in same design and quality.
Firewood kiln is not good for making many pottery in completely same, especially in Iga-yaki style as pottery is fired on high. But it creates unique character and we are attracted so much.
The road to accomplish our production is rather challenging and required our patience, but it leads us to the one and only works.
WORKS #1 we are selling is the crafts like it.
Our special Black-Gold "Kurogane" series "WORKS #2"
WORKS #2 in our line up is a product of chance of encountering of black soil and one ceramic glaze since Motoman became an independent potter. Enken uses WORKS #2 and he likes to use them with green/yellow vegetable dishes, white cream stew and pasta and so on.
We think the name of Black-Gold "Kurogane" does suite the pottery like as the word describing its gold and silver colour on the metallic black.
During firing it tends to flow and creates the colours of gold and silver where it ends.
In the beginning our works were simple and thin form but we came to thin and pottery wheeled works through our study and experience. Noticed that glaze ends in deeply curved places and it makes our pottery more metallic, then many kinds of ratio of glaze, the way to use the glaze had been tried, and finally we found our pottery, but this journey is never over.
We still have lots of ideas and believe in the words being creative until we die. Our Kurogane pottery will be changed thought our more experiences, and we do hope you enjoy it.
Rinsing our pottery in water before using makes its black more deep and sparkle like glitters. And it also makes places being covered by glaze more looked kinked and strengthen metallic tastes more.
Thus Kurogane pottery is best with fluid, it is used for drinking alcohol as vessel, but also for food dishes, flower vases, plats for accessories, urns, Medaka fish pots and so on.
We used to create pottery by potter wheel and carve on it, but we are trying a new way which is hard to describe but like Hole sake cup.
The taste which is based on our pottery works came from what I have been loving are old shrines, temples, bronze ware, and some people say Koukoku series is too classic. Not for everyone but for you. We also recommend this as gift for your special person.