Husband and wife luthiers Ragnar and Bettina Hayn are among the emerging craftsmen who have built their studios in East Berlin.
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Along the Uji River, south of Kyoto, you will find the legendary ceramic workshop of Asahiyaki.
Shogun Iemitsu slammed the doors of Japan to European trade in 1637. Tired of the undermining missionaries, he banned all ships from Europe. When a Portuguese vessel failed to respect the ban, he had the entire crew decapitated. This period of isolation, known as sakoku had dual consequences.
Located in the western prefecture of Okayama, Kojima is the birthplace of Japanese denim. The four and a half hour pilgrimage from Tokyo is worth it for any denim devotee.
In a world of GPS and online maps, why would anyone need an globe? Peter Bellerby, founder of Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, said his original idea was to make a globe for his father’s eightieth birthday. But he found that the art of globe making was replaced with cheap, generic models that in no way captured the feeling of global exploration.
Galleria Romanelli is a sculpture studio founded in the late 1800s by Lorenzo Bartolini. The building is a converted church from the 15th century. Inside they produced everything from table top clay busts to full scale equestrian statues.
In 1948 German philosopher Eugen Herrigel published “Zen in the Art of Archery.” A copy was given to Henri Cartier-Bresson by painter George Braque. The book became a veritable handbook for Cartier-Bresson and subsequent generations of photographers who aspired to find deeper meaning in an art that was considered second rate next to painting or drawings.
Resting within the intricate network of Venetian canals, at a corner where the Rio de l’ Avogaria and Rio del Ognissanti converge, is D.co Tramontin & Figli. This fourth generation company, founded by Signore Domenico Tramontin in 1884, is home to the craft of creating traditional Venetian gondolas by hand.