Shibui contrasts an austere aesthetic of elegance with rough, and spontaneous with restrained. The elements of shibusa are simplicity, modesty, silence, naturalness, everydayness and imperfection; it raises ordinary things to a place of honour. Originating in the Muromachi period (1336 - 1392) as shibushi, the word originally referred to a sour or astringent taste such as that of an unripe persimmon. By the Edo period (1615 – 1868) the term began to mean ‘a pleasing aesthetic’.

nag Gallery exclusively represents, Japanese artists based in Japan, who make individually hand crafted bowls in the tradition of Shibui.