A beautiful salad or fruit bowl with a lovely contrast between the rusty metallic shunkei ground and the rich drips and layers of the warabai glaze. Warabai means rice ash - after the harvest the Takatori family will return to their favoured farmer to collect his rice husk. This will be burned and added to the glaze mixture. The magic of the kiln turns the grey glaze into this rich multi-coloured flecked glaze.
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.