Welcome to Junichi Umeda Ceramic Works!

This past September 18, our father Junichi Umeda passed away at the age of 72.

We want to express here our deepest gratitude for the goodwill you showed him during his lifetime.

With everyone's support, our father was able to dedicate himself to the creative works that he loved.
We think he lived a fun life as a result.

Thank you all very much.

The Junichi Umeda Ceramic Exhibit at Gallery Tamura in Hiroshima in November and the Umeda Workshop Exhibit at Kyoto Takashimaya in December will serve as memorial exhibits.

We think that it would be a great tribute to his spirit to get even one more of his few remaining works into the hands of his customers.

November 2022 - Chikubu, Kaname Umeda

Junichi Umeda Memorial Exhibits

● November 19 - 27

"Junichi Umeda Ceramic Exhibit"
Gallery Tamura
10-17 Mikawa-cho
Honjo Building
TEL 082-241-7739

● December 7 - 13

"Umeda Workshop Exhibit"
Kyoto Takashimaya
6th Floor
Selected Arts Gallery


Chikubu Umeda



New in 2009: Sunflowers

A sunflower design in blinding bright yellows
"It's just like Van Gogh!"
...said a voice overheard at an exhibit.

New in 2008: Two-sided Plate and Bowl

2008 up 2008 down
Sometimes a bowl, sometimes a raised plate.
A bit unusual.
How you decide to use the top and bottom of this strange dish
is up to you.

New in 2006

Washroom sink.

Pamphlets for Past Events (PDF)

Kaiyo-cho (2013 - Night Cherry Blossoms) Outer Pages Inner Pages
Okinawa (2013 - Flight of the Thousand Cranes) Outer Pages Inner Pages
Hiroshima (2014 - Butterflies, Flight of the Thousand Cranes) Outer Pages Inner Pages
Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki Front Back
Kanazawa (2018) Front Back

Kaname (Younger Son), Leatherwork
Kaname portrait
Born 1980, Adogawa, Shiga Prefecture

Self taught in leatherwork.
Set out at age 18. Moved to Ishigaki Island at 19.

Kaname works all of his leather by hand, from the dying to the sewing.
Long-lasting, maintainable work is his top priority.
Works are mostly small items, such as wallets dyed with Okinawan plants.
Kaname personally tans the leather for his Ishigaki cow buttons. He accepts custom orders, to produce a joint effort between him and his users.
New in 2006
New in 2004
New in 2005
Junichi (Father), Ceramics
Junichi portrait
Born 1950, Komagome, Tokyo
Set out on his own self-taught path when it occurred to him that,
"It's strange for one who seeks creativity to follow a restrained, predetermined routine."
His sons have walked their own paths of self education, and he is proud to see them enjoying the struggles of artistic independance.
He remains unaffiliated with any school or gallery, to be completely free in creating his works.
Routinely holds exhibitions at five Takashimaya locations.
Currently residing in Shishikui, Tokushima
New in 2006
New in 2005
New in 2004
Chikubu (Elder Son), Silverwork
Chikubu portrait

Born 1978, Adogawa, Shiga Prefecture

Self taught in silversmithing
Became independant in Kyoto at age 22, founded PASSIONE.

Chikubu makes all of his works by hand, and provides full maintenance on his pieces.
Available in silvershops nationwide.
He has begun his Ladybug series, borne out of the forests of Yatsugatake.
Continually taking on new challenges such as the silver and leather "Brothers' Bracelet" joint effort.
Currently residing in Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
New in 2006
New in 2005
New in 2004
Mayu (Daughter), Colored Pencil
Mayu portrait Born 1975, Tokyo

Mayu has enjoyed drawing with colored pencils since she was a small child.
In 2008, she began drawing in earnest, thanks to information she found while meditating.
She uses oil-based colored pencils, layering their colors on top of white washi,
to create a unique effect whose medium cannot be easily recognized at first glance.
Now exhibiting and selling works through her official site since 2010.

Currently residing on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture; Mother of two

She continues to put her daily inspiration into her works, from her studio overlooking the sea.



Junichi Umeda
Kuinose, Funatsu
Kaiyo-cho, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima-ken

Tel./Fax. (+81) 884-76-3539