Frog in the Pond Guinomi


This stoneware guinomi (a type of sake cup) featuring a frog in a pond was handcrafted by Asheville-based potter Reiko Miyagi.

Reiko Miyagi was born in Japan and worked as a studio potter in the area of Mashiko, a renowned folk pottery town, before she relocated to the US. Her love for pottery started during her time at college at Tama Art University in Tokyo, where she studied contemporary art and museum curation. In her leisure time, she enjoyed visiting numerous ceramic galleries, museums, and pottery towns and cherished the vibrant pottery culture in Japan. 

After receiving her BA, she studied ceramics at Bunka Gakuin and did a pottery apprenticeship at Tsukamoto Ceramics in Mashiko. Afterward, she established her studio near Motegi and made functional pottery in contemporary and traditional styles using gas kiln firing. In the countryside setting, she enjoyed a DIY lifestyle, such as using natural stones with material from an old farmhouse to make the studio and turning the raw land into her vegetable garden.

She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 and founded her studio Tabula Rasa. While in the Bay Area, she was exposed to new clay techniques, materials, shapes, and styles. From these experiences, she developed her signature black and white sgraffito stoneware.

Reiko relocated to the Asheville Area in 2012, and since then, she has enjoyed her pottery making and a large vegetable garden in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Here she can experience the four seasons with mountains and rivers, just like in her home in Japan.

Besides showing her work at her studio gallery in the Asheville River Arts District, her work has been featured in numerous shows and galleries, including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the American Craft Council Shows, and the Charlotte Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Her black and white sgraffito and sage glaze work pottery are in the Charlotte Mint Museum’s permanent collection.

PLEASE NOTE:  This guinomi is currently on display in our Vessels of Merriment exhibition. It will not ship out until December 12.

  • Artist: Reiko Miyagi 
  • American-Made in Asheville, NC
  • Stoneware guinomi
  • Dimensions: 2.75″ H x 3″ W x 3″ D


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