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Found MUJI UTSUWA - Japanese Tableware

To explore tableware while traveling Japan is to discover the heart and soul of different regions, each expressed by its ceramic works. Earth dug up near a studio kiln is carefully processed to make clay, then shaped by hand, and finally fired slowly over time with wood gathered in nearby forests to transform it into implements and utensils for use in the home.

Found MUJI UTSUWA-Japanese tableware, introduces some of the classic pieces for which ancient ceramic towns across Japan are known. We invite you to set your dinner table with works crafted from local earth, developed to make daily life easier. Here we present a selection from coarse earthenware of Kasama and thick white porcelain from Tobe.



Kasama-yaki
Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture


The ceramics industry that has developed here is known for its jars, lipped bowls, mortar bowls and other pieces of strong, coarse kitchenware.The highly water resistant kakiyu persimmon glaze gives a metallic lustre that also protects the clay used to make jars and mortar bowls. On the other hand nukajiroyu, a white rice bran glaze finishes lipped bowls, sake bottles and other pieces for the beautiful simplicity of a white table setting. These pieces are beautifully accented with small spots of red clay that peek through the glaze.

Shigaraki-yaki
Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga Prefecture


Shigaraki-yaki makes use of clay from the bed of the ancient Lake Biwa. This area is a major Japanese pottery centre, boasting more than 200 kilns in operation today. Its close proximity to Kyoto and Osaka, long dominant consumers of ceramic wares, led Shigaraki potters to produce tea jars and water jugs during the Edo period (1603–1868), which then turn to mass production of larger pieces such as hibachi stoves in the Meiji period (1868–1912).

Iga-yaki
Iga City, Mie Prefecture


The local clay in Iga is able to withstand intense fire and extremely high temperatures, and the village came to be known for its exceptional earthenware pots. Since the Edo period (1603–1868), this area has produced household goods such as yukihira ceramic pots with lids and spouts and horoku earthenware roasting pans. These fire-resistant clay items offer outstanding heat retention and conduction to bring out the best flavours from the ingredients.

Tobe-yaki
Tobe-cho, Iyo-gun, Ehime Prefecture


The white porcelain clay found in Tobe though, has a grey tinge to it, which has a lesser value in favour for white porcelain pieces. This grey tinge is said to have given rise to the bold Gosu patterns of Tobe-yaki, which are hand-painted designs in unique, freestyle arabesque patterns that feature a cool and refreshing deep indigo blue against a white background. The beautifully thick and rounded designs of today's Tobe-yaki is itself striking enough to grace any table setting, as with any plain white porcelain pieces.
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