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NonakaHill Exhibition of Japanese Porcelain by Kentaro Kawabata

Megan Derry reviews NonakaHill’s exhibition of Japanese porcelain artist Kentaro Kawabata. (photos from Megan Derry)


NonakaHill is a sparkling gem of a gallery, located in a tiny strip mall at 720 N. Highland Avenue, right next door to Petit Trois restaurant.

The current show, titled Bumpy, (running through January 29) showcases Japanese porcelain artist Kentaro Kawabata. He has created a world of living vessels, both large and small, each with their own distinct personality. His work is incredibly tactile… lean into it and you will see distinct finger impressions, crackling and brilliant glazing.



While walking through the gallery, you can feel like you are in an illuminated fishbowl of creatures. Some land-bound and others seemingly floating in water.

The gallery takes appointments and limits capacity to four guests every half hour.

As a certain undersea adventurer once said, “The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.”

Enjoy the wonder at Nonaka-Hill.


720 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 450-9409
Gallery Hours: noon to 7 p.m. Visitors are limited to a maximum of 4 persons at a time. Masks are required.


Megan Derry is a photographer and art enthusiast. 

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