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Takatori Yuko Ichirin Vases


Yuko san is the youngest daughter of the Takatori family. After studying industrial design in Tokyo, she went back to help continue their 350 year old family pottery business.

Inspired by both traditional Japanese aesthetics and Western art, she particularly enjoys using the traditional colours and glazes of Takatori ware but applying them in delicate layers with subtle contrasting textures. These small vases in a variety of shapes and colours showcase her talents.

  • 6cm Diameter, 6cm High approx.
  • Stoneware (see our Care Guide)
  • By Takatori Yuko, the youngest daughter of the Takatori Family, with 300 years and 14 generations of expertise in South West Japan
Meet the Maker:

Takatori Kiln

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.