Shiho Murota, Satsuma Artist

Micro-painting, Attention to Detail

Shiho is an award-winning fine-detail ceramic painting artist living in Kagoshima, in the region formerly known as the Satsuma domain. After 10 years working at a traditional satsuma-ware kiln studio, she became inspired by antique buttons featured in a magazine. Having studied under accomplished masters, she was selected as the Satsuma delegate for the cultural art program in Florence, Italy. She traveled to the US to introduce her artistry at button conventions. Shiho is a mother of two boys and a member of the National Button Society.

Shown below is a typical process for micro-hand-painting on satsuma buttons locally made in the Satsuma region of Japan.

1. button blank of satsuma pottery
2. Ink drawing of a traditional design motif
3. Free-hand outlines of oil-based Gold or platinum with saber brush
4. Color glaze pigments are hand-ground in mortar. Colors are applied between gold outlines
5. Firing for 4 hours at 750C
6. Re-painting and color adjustment; repeat firings
7. Additional hand-application of gold decorations, final 3-hour firing at 620C
8. Polished finish

Kiln fired ceramic buttons, micro-painted by hand in traditional Satsuma ware style by Shiho Murota.

Shopping Tips: Single Category Shopping
Your shopping bag cannot mix Satsuma with items of other categories. Within this category, you may mix and match to complete your purchase. The Satsuma buttons are shipped directly from Japan. Enjoy shopping!



Snails Pace
Snails Pace
Snails Pace
SKU S17-007-4547
$160.00
Bird in the Mum
Bird in the Mum
Bird in the Mum
SKU M15-082-4545
$120.00
Angel Playing Harp
Angel Playing Harp
Angel Playing Harp
SKU M15-077-4542
$100.00
Angel Playing Flute
Angel Playing Flute
Angel Playing Flute
SKU M15-076-4541
$90.00
The Bull and The Mums
The Bull and The Mums
The Bull and The Mums
SKU M20-071-4518
$180.00
Hō-ō Phoenix
Hō-ō Phoenix
Hō-ō Phoenix
SKU M30-006-4517
$310.00