Danielle Yukari 
Ceramic Artist
28, From São Paulo, living in Los Angeles
"I am all about colors"

You are new to Los Angeles from São Paulo; what do you love about LA?

The landscape here still catches my eye everyday, especially at sunrise and sunset.


If someone is visiting São Paulo, what are a few places they have to check out?

There are really good classical music concerts at Sala São Paulo, the architecture is beautiful and the prices are super reasonable. MASP and Pinacoteca are the two main museums in the city that are both worth a visit.

Walking downtown is going to show you the old architecture of the city. There are a few good buildings to explore: CCBB, Paço das Artes, Teatro Municipal, Copan and others. If you go to the Louvre building, check out this shop in the gallery: Soyvos and ÃO. They are two friends' brands that have a studio/shop there; but reach out to them before you go - it's by appointment only.

A Baianeira is a good Brazilian restaurant that I saw opening in my old neighborhood a couple years ago. The owners run the small business themselves and make really good Brazilian food using organic ingredients. Everything is cooked with care. Try their "pão de queijo"(cheese bread) with drip coffee, feijoada or moqueca for lunch and ganache with cupuaçu cream for dessert.


We have the ‘Dani Vase’ featured in the LENITA Flower Truck that you design and hand make. For someone who doesn’t know the process, how long does it take from beginning to end?

Besides time of concept creation, the entire process to make one ceramic piece takes at least one week. A small object like 'Dani Vase' needs about two days to dry, but a bigger or more delicate piece sometimes needs more than one week to be ready for the first firing. After bisqued, I will glaze and fire it again. Each fire takes about ten hours to reach the right temperature and another ten hours to cool down. 


Do you have a film you watch on repeat?

Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola. I love to play it while I am working at the wheel. The soundtrack is so good and reminds me of my time in college.


a thought for lenita  

Meeting Nemuel and working with Lenita has been one of the best things about life in Los angeles. for me. I always say I could live in his truck because it always smells so good. I am grateful to be part of Lenita in some way, to COLLABORATE and create ceramic materials for his inspiring flower arrangements. It is about filling a house, heart and soul with flowers.

Danielle is a Brazilian manual artist featured in the LENITA Flower Truck with her brand Yūkari. Her ‘Dani Vase’ is only available at LENITA and our first artist product collaboration.

You may follow Yūkari at @danielle.yukari and find more about her work at danielleyukari.com

The LENITA YŪKARI Dani Vase is available in our shop


Edited by Lola