An absolutely stunning plate from Takatori Yuko. Inspired by the Impressionists, this one reminded us of one of Monet's waterlilies, with its rough edges and dimpled glaze. Very large for a Japaneses plate, you could have this on display, but if you keep it on the table or counter you can run your hands over the glaze everytime you pass by.
This comes with its own Paulownia box made specially for the plate by a local craftsman, with the design on the lid drawn by Takatori Yuko herself.
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.