Nozomi Project Blog

An Experiment in Holding Hope

I recently went on a short seven-day trip to the U.S. I decided to buy four of the newest Nozomi 'holding hope" necklaces, and look for people who might need them.  The price ($25) and packaging makes them easy to buy, and easy to give.

It wasn't too hard to find people who needed to be reminded of hope!  A friend dealing with a very sick husband; another friend who shared about her own hope deferred; my flight attendant on the way home who went out of her way to help me. I have the last one in my bag right now, waiting for the next person I meet who needs hope.

Who do you know who needs hope? Multiply your investment! In addition to helping sustain our Nozomi team, we are donating $2 from each necklace to stopping human trafficking in Japan.  

Let's work together to give hope - it's contagious!  Find our Nozomi necklaces here


What can happen when women work together

As we approach celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Nozomi Project this month, we want to highlight the skill and artistry that our Nozomi team has developed. We couldn't be more proud of how this team of women have worked hard to create some of the finest pieces of pottery jewelry in the world. 

The heart of our Nozomi workshop is the grinding room.  This is where the pottery is cut, ground rough, then finely ground to perfection. Our team of seven are creative and seek to make the most beautiful items possible. 

Our Sara hook earrings have remained our best-selling collection. We've made over 7000 earrings! And they just get better and better. This morning we had a new set of earrings ready to go online, and look at these beauties! It's the first time in my memory that we have seen heart-shaped earrings (not in a frame). The skill! the beauty! This month we celebrate the craftsmanship that can happen when women work together. (Get them while they are still here!) 



Staff Picks!

Every day new pottery pieces emerge and become something beautiful in the hands of the Nozomi Project staff. Each week we're sharing with you an inside look at the items that our staff are excited about and feature the current favorite piece of one of our staff. This week Naomi picked some beautiful pieces for you! 

"The first Nozomi Project gift that I got for my mother was a Kumamoto bracelet. She loved the lapis stones and it made me so happy to see how much she enjoyed it.  All of Nozomi's creations bring joy and a smile to peoples' faces. If you aren't sure what kind of gift to get for someone, you can always find something beautiful in one of our collections."  - Naomi

The great thing about the Kumamoto pieces is that half of their proceeds goes towards supporting earthquake relief efforts in Kumamoto prefecture.  These are available for a little time. 

We're able to send a message of joy to the people there through these Kumamoto collections.


Home   Click here to view our Kumamoto collection

Today's Featured Items: 

This Week's Staff Picks


Every day new pottery pieces emerge and become something beautiful in the hands of the Nozomi Project staff. Each week we're going to give you an inside look at the items they are excited about. In each post we'll feature the favorite piece of one of our staff that she came across that week. This week Tomoko shares why she loves our Mako Chain necklace.


"I love the way the Mako chain sparkles in the light, making the pottery shard stand out as well. The shimmer makes it feel more dressy  than I expected."

- Tomoko 



Mako gold or silver faceted bead chain hangs beautifully, centered with a free-form framed pendant sure to be an heirloom in your jewelry collection. Our elegantly simple gold chain is plated in 24 K gold; our silver is .999 silver plated. Our bead-chain necklace is extra long (34 inches; 84 mm) to suit even our tallest customers; if desired please use scissors to shorten the chain to your desired length.

If you're into the long necklace trend but want something unique that can't be picked up just anywhere, Mako is for you. Find yours at the link below! 

Home   Mako Chain

Today's Featured Item:
Mako Chain 31-156 

This Week's Staff Picks!

Every day new pottery pieces emerge and become something beautiful in the hands of the Nozomi Project staff. Each week we're going to give you an inside look at the items they are excited about. In each post we'll feature one staff member and her favorite piece she came across that week. This week Chiemi shares why she loves these sushi-themed Mika Rings.

This week's featured items: 


"My favorite Nozomi pieces right now are the sushi series from the Mika Ring Collection! We were going to make them into necklaces, but we thought rings would be more fun and unique. Next we plan to make cucumber roll Sara earrings, so keep an eye out for them!" - Chiemi


Sushi is served! These unique rings came from pottery used at a sushi restaurant. They're sure to catch the eyes of friends and be a conversation starter!


Both Coco Rings and Mika Rings are adjustable so that they fit your finger perfectly. We're always adding new pieces to each collection!



Home     Mika Rings  Coco Rings



This week's featured items: 
Sushi Rings 13-588. 13-589. 13-590.
Coco Rings 52-153. 52-146. 52-149. 52-155.
Mika Rings 13-592. 13-595.

Why we never run out of brokenness

It has been five plus years since the tsunami and earthquake struck our beloved region; almost four years since we first started gathering together to see what treasures we might be able to make from the pottery left in its wake.  Here are a couple of photos from our first gathering: 



The natural frequent question is: "Have you run out of pottery yet?  What then?"


Thankfully, we are not worried, and well supplied.  We still have some bins of broken pottery that hundreds of volunteers helped to pick up the first couple of years after the disaster.  

And, we have had an ongoing supply from a local Ishinomaki secondhand store.  They receive many boxes of dishes, and give us the ones that they cannot sell or use.  They are so happy to donate these to our organization.  

We also occasionally receive donations from local friends and others who hear about our work and donate items (if you want to donate broken dishes/pottery to Nozomi Project, you can find our address here.  We cannot do special orders at this point nor cover the shipping costs, but we always love donations of new beauty in brokenness!).  This spring we were so touched by new friends in Kumamoto who, upon receiving help after the spring earthquakes that hit their region, have given Nozomi Project their broken items.  

So we don't expect to run out of pottery!  What we DO expect, however, is that our staff will continue growing in their skills and artisanship in making amazing jewelry out of broken pottery.... We suspect that our staff will continue making beauty from brokenness for making years to come.... And we are so thankful for our many friends who share the story of Nozomi Project and have helped us ship 25,000 products to 32 countries around the world!


Partnerships in Kumamoto: A Story of Beauty in Brokenness

It has been a wonderful privilege to partner with our great customers in collecting funds to Kumamoto for earthquake relief.  Our parent organization, Be One, currently has our fifth team down there, helping the many victims who are still displaced, have smashed homes, need food, etc.  

THANK YOU to everyone for continuing to purchase from our great selections in the Kumamoto Collection.  We have more of our original, limited Kumamoto lapis bracelets on line right now!

When our first Be One team was in Kumamoto the week following the two earthquakes, they helped a single mom and her two sons pull things out of their damaged home.

She kindly donated some of her beautiful broken pottery for the team to bring back to the Nozomi Project.  She was so glad for it to not go to waste!

Our Nozomi team was thankful to receive her pottery, and as a small gesture we made her a gold Rumi necklace.  Last week, we sent her the necklace through a friend going to help out.  Isn't it beautiful? We hope to get photos of her wearing the necklace! 

This last visit, other local Kumamoto residents also donated their broken valuable to Nozomi Project.

So our one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces now also include Kumamoto pottery! While we grieve for the many losses of our Kyushu friends, we love the joint cooperation and desire to make beauty from brokenness.