Studio 3: Residency

Ruthin Craft Centre is delighted that Tono Mirai will undertake a residency at the Centre throughout April. Based in Studio 3, Mirai will construct a shelter for children using local wood, clay and plaster, incorporating a design that will not only create a safe protective haven for children but also encourage their creativity.

Join us for the unveiling of the shelter followed by a short presentation by Tono Mirai.

Saturday 28 April 2012
3pm – 4pm
Studio 3, Ruthin Craft Centre


The shelter will then remain in Studio 3 for the duration of the Japanese season and will then be sited nearby at The Mill Childcare Centre.

A fully illustrated news-sheet accompanies this exhibition



A beautifully illustrated A3, 8 page bilingual news-sheet compliments the contemporary sustainable work of Kazuya Morita, Tono Mirai, Studio Archi Farm, and 'Nurturing the Spirit'. Containing stunning architectural photography, illustrations and accompanying text.

All books are available from the Retail Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre or by mail-order. Postage and packaging costs will apply. Please call or email for details.

To order, contact us:

+44 (0)1824 704774
or email:

Park Road, Ruthin, 
Denbighshire, Wales, UK
LL15 1BB
01824 704 774
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Studio 3: Tono Mirai

Tono Mirai uses natural materials such as clay, earth, wood and straw and has a particular interest in creating environments for children, recently winning an award from the Japanese Children’s Association as well as the Traditional House Building Society. 

He looks at the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in the Sendai region (his home town) and uses this experience to inspire designs for houses that can be part of the regeneration of the Sendai region. Using natural material, particularly earth, because of its easy availability and sustainability and its ability to be flexible and cope with trauma.