Those of you who are familiar with Hackney Central will know that it’s a bit of a walk from Bethnal Green, which is something Yannick and I found out the hard way when our never-ending search for Mashiko pottery for sale in London led us to Momosan’s new shop on Wilton Way. But never mind; we saw the sights of Hackney, although not, oddly enough, Wilton’s Music Hall which is in a different part of London entirely. We settled for the Hackney Empire.
I first came across Momosan in her little shop in Tokyo Bike, near Old St roundabout, or Tech City as we are now supposed to call it, where we had an interesting discussion about whether you could do a day trip from Tokyo to the Mashiko pottery area. She said you could, but since the only bus leaves at 8:30 in the morning I could see it wasn’t for me.
She’s been looking for new premises for her own shop (though the Tokyo Bike shop is continuing) for a while and a month ago I got a notification to say it was open.
So, off we went, on a cold drizzly day which probably didn’t showcase Hackney at its best. The shop, though, was a delight; tiny and warm in a little parade of shops down a quiet street. And yes, there was some Mashiko pottery.
Momosan sells other pottery too, like these pretty teacups and pot.
And she also has a range of craft items ideal for Christmas gifts. Like these colourful socks and woolly hats.
And these elegant tea light holders.
Yannick was so charmed by these little cushions that he bought one. They’re filled with cherry stones which give them an attractive feel when you pick them up. Momosan told us you can use them as hand warmers; you heat them in the microwave for three minutes or in the oven for ten minutes and they come out smelling of warm cherries. The cherry stones are specially imported from Germany where they’re a by-product of jam and Kirsch production. Momosan sews the covers herself using (washable) fabric from Africa.
For children, these smooth wooden spinning tops and colourful birds would be my choice.
Momosan shop is at 79 Wilton Way E8 1BG and it’s currently open Thursday to Sunday 12 to 6 pm. You can get a bus from Bethnal Green or Angel.