We're an online artist community sharing ways to create and sell art. Try one of our easy websites for artists or just browse around and enjoy!

The Tamba Project: Restoring Connections through Clay


A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
–Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac

Can you imagine living in a place where the food in the restaurant was grown by people you know and served on ceramicware made by artisans from your community?

What if you could take it a step further and create a cycle of sustainability through taking only the things you need: like fallen and coppiced trees instead of the whole forest; borrowing from a fishing bank instead of overfishing; creating products that are durable or can be mended instead of thrown away?

In Japan, this way of life is called “satoyama” and this is the core of The Tamba Project: Restoring Connections through Clay, a new Kickstarter campaign.


The Tamba Project evolved from a team of artists and writers including Sean Ponder, Chloe Rahimzadeh, Christian Morris, Han Haley Nguyen and Stephanie Garcia. Their vision is to provide a sustainable community model that can be used anywhere. This model is based on the connections between ceramics, nature and community in the village of Tamba, Japan and the idea of satoyama.

The team describes satoyama on their Facebook page “as a semi-managed landscape that surrounds small, rural villages. These satoyama landscapes have served as the source of numerous resources for the villagers for hundreds of years. As time has [passed], these landscapes are degrading and becoming overgrown due to many different factors, [including] aging population, low birth rate, and the surge of youth into big cities in search for an alternative means of life. As a result of this, the aging villagers are no longer able to keep the land in check. With these mosaic landscapes, everything else does not work together as well.”

This group hopes to restore this process by inviting artists, scientists and writers to explore the interactions between ecology and humanity in a newly established artist’s residency in the ceramic village of Tamba, Japan. The first step is to rehabilitate a studio that was unused for ten years. Over time they hope the residency project will help support the local economy.


The Tamba Project’s monetary goal is a very achievable $15,000. If you would like to support this inspiring project please visit their Kickstarter page prior to Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

*Note: this post may contain affiliate links*

In a 2002 report by the Arts Education Partnership it was shown that children exposed to the arts, such as drama, music and dance, are often more proficient at reading, writing and math.

In fact, while many people still think of art as frivolous, it has been found over and over again that it not only. . . read more

If you're looking for something else. . .
Love the Easel?

Subscribe to our totally free weekly newsletter for artists. Sign up today!

Art Contests
More art contests. . .
Other Stuff
EE Writers
Cassie Rief Niki Hilsabeck Lisa Orgler Carrie Lewis Aletta de Wal Phawnda Moore

If you'd like to write for EmptyEasel, let us know!

We love publishing reader-submitted art tutorials, stories, and even reviews.Submit yours here!
© 2006-2018 EmptyEasel.com About Contact Sitemap Privacy Policy Terms of Use Advertise