Meet the Maker

The tea master Kobori Enshu valued Takatori ceramics for its 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 tableware 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. Most of what you see on this page have been the result of our collaboration and trial and error.

Their mugs and cups, for example, seem so delicate, but the Takatori family fire their kiln at 1250 degrees which means all their mugs can be put in the dishwasher or microwave and are surprisingly resilient and can be used as everyday items. We both wanted to make things that are usable as well as beautiful, and their pieces are some of our most consistent sellers because they are so lovely to use and hold. You can now pair any of our mugs including the eye-catching Takatori Fude mug with the Takatori saucer.

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