© Mugdock Makkers Art and Craft Gallery Ltd 2019

Tomoko Rowell

Tomo’s Japanese Calligraphy Studio

I started to learn Calligraphy at the age of 6 or 7, and have always loved to write letters. For me, writing Japanese Calligraphy is very calming and relaxing. Throughout my childhood, there were calligraphy competitions at school, at least twice a year. Luckily my parents supported me to practice for them, so I just practiced and practiced and wrote loads and loads of Calligraphy, then I started to win awards, which made me love calligraphy even more! At the age of 10, I was honoured to be invited to a special event where I could write calligraphy in front of the Great Master Kampo who was one of the leading calligrapher in Japan. I don’t think I was able to understand how great that opportunity was at that time, but I still remember that day very well. Then at the age of 15, I attained the degree of Calligraphy Master. Again, I didn’t understand it so much at that time, but now I really appreciate all these experiences which made it possible for me to enjoy writing calligraphy as a part of my life, and the best part is that someone is happy with my work and enjoying having it in their house!!! As Shunmyo Matsuno recommends in his book (Zen – The Art of Simple Living), I think having a piece of Calligraphy art gives you a reminder of something or gives you a sense of a spirit. In my opinion, it doesn’t always need to be understood by everyone, but if it gives you a message every time you see it, it would be such a perfect reminder for yourself! I have some of my favourite words or letters I have already made, however, I am very happy to write your favourite quotes or names of yourself or your loved ones as a gift! In Japanese Kanji (one of three alphabets in Japanese), one letter can be pronounced or read in different ways, so I will make sure that the meaning of the letter matches the person’s personality or how you wish the person to be (for babies). Additionally, I would be happy to give Calligraphy lessons where possible. It would be a mixture of learning calligraphy and mindfulness. Please be in touch with me if you have any questions or interests! Email
© Mugdock Makkers Art and Craft Gallery Ltd 2019

Tomoko Rowell

Tomo’s Japanese Calligraphy Studio

I started to learn Calligraphy at the age of 6 or 7, and have always loved to write letters. For me, writing Japanese Calligraphy is very calming and relaxing. Throughout my childhood, there were calligraphy competitions at school, at least twice a year. Luckily my parents supported me to practice for them, so I just practiced and practiced and wrote loads and loads of Calligraphy, then I started to win awards, which made me love calligraphy even more! At the age of 10, I was honoured to be invited to a special event where I could write calligraphy in front of the Great Master Kampo who was one of the leading calligrapher in Japan. I don’t think I was able to understand how great that opportunity was at that time, but I still remember that day very well. Then at the age of 15, I attained the degree of Calligraphy Master. Again, I didn’t understand it so much at that time, but now I really appreciate all these experiences which made it possible for me to enjoy writing calligraphy as a part of my life, and the best part is that someone is happy with my work and enjoying having it in their house!!! As Shunmyo Matsuno recommends in his book (Zen – The Art of Simple Living), I think having a piece of Calligraphy art gives you a reminder of something or gives you a sense of a spirit. In my opinion, it doesn’t always need to be understood by everyone, but if it gives you a message every time you see it, it would be such a perfect reminder for yourself! I have some of my favourite words or letters I have already made, however, I am very happy to write your favourite quotes or names of yourself or your loved ones as a gift! In Japanese Kanji (one of three alphabets in Japanese), one letter can be pronounced or read in different ways, so I will make sure that the meaning of the letter matches the person’s personality or how you wish the person to be (for babies). Additionally, I would be happy to give Calligraphy lessons where possible. It would be a mixture of learning calligraphy and mindfulness. Please be in touch with me if you have any questions or interests! Email