These lovely plates have eveything going for them. The Takatori family specialise in fine forms and these plates are no exception: a thin delicate rim and an extremely flat handmade plate. This precision is contrasted with the shunkei glaze which looks almost metallic and rusty and then the pool of glossy yellow kinaiyu glaze which you can't help but run your fingers over.These can be used for anything - they look wonderful with cheese, salads, desserts. The colours are restrained enough to let the food take centre stage, but also interesting enough to lift the presentation too.
The tea master Kobori Enshū valued Takatori ceramics for their subtle glazes and refined construction, and coined the phrase kireisabi to describe the appearance of patina which the Takatori family could achieve. 400 years later, the Takatori family is still going strong and their expertise is still apparent as soon as you see or hold any of their work. Despite all the tradition, the Takatori family are very open to experimenting and trying new glaze combinations and shapes and this has been a really fun process for both of us.
Their pieces seem so delicate, but the Takatori family fire their kiln at 1250 degrees which means all their mugs for example can be put in the dishwasher or microwave and are surprisingly resilient and can be used as everyday items. A lovely combination of beauty, utility, tradition and experimentation.