This is my personal story.
I first encountered the design of Studio GALA at a shop in Tokyo when I was still living in Kyoto. At that time I was staying in Tokyo for just one month to search myself, not knowing what I would do in the future. I saw a small Japanese red teapot made from Tokoname clay. I fell in love with its appearance; simple, modern, dignified but modest.
The shop was one hour away from where I stayed, but I went back it to see the pot again and again. I had no job and I had used almost all my savings during the stay in Tokyo, so it was not something that I could buy on a whim. One month later, after so many changes happened to my life, I found myself having started working in Tokyo. The job was somehow much closer to what I originally wished to do - to work closely to people's home life -, although it came to me by chance. I felt that my life was now back on track.
Moving to Tokyo was fairly big adventure for me, more so than to move to Paris. It was just after I finished the 5-month trainee period that I visited the shop again to see if the pot was still there. I found it and this time I could finally buy it and take it to my small flat with me. Since then, I use it to have a cup of tea for myself, or with loved one on a quiet Sunday morning. I use it as my Japanese tea ceremony pot when I have a small tea ceremony with friends.
I like the pot all the time, and I like to have it in my life. It reminds me of a sour and bitter time when I started my new stage of life, but more so, it brings me back to peaceful state of myself. When I saw the pot for the first time, I never imagined that I would create this website to introduce this pot worldwide. But now I feel that this is what I have been looking for and I am very happy with this.