Kasama - Ceramic Blue - Square Plate
Kasama ware is a style of pottery made in Ibaraki Prefecture with 250 years of history. Kasama craftsmen produced commodities for kitchen utensils, such as mortars, water pots, storage vessels and bottles, which resemble folk crafts. Kasama boosted its prosperity as one of the most vigorous production areas of ceramics in East Japan. After the WWII, craftsmen in other regions started mass production, while those in Kasama City continued to produce handmade pieces formed on the wheel or with the slab building technique as their sticky clay was not suitable for mass production. Consequently, Kasama ware declined for a while, but it is coming back to life because handmade tableware has recently been revaluated.
This workshop has about 20 craftsmen, who are individually working as pottery artists engaged in manufacturing a range with a variety of pieces. This flat plate with feet, as if it were used for serving at a sushi restaurant counter, was created by a craftsman from Australia. The clay was cut into a flat-shaped plate with the slab building technique, and formed into a plate, attaching the feet to the slab.
At a large workshop, processes are often divided, such as forming the clay, glazing, painting and firing. On the contrary, here in this workshop, all processes are taken care of by each craftsman to finish their own handmade pieces.
Size: Width 220mm Depth 220mm Height 15mm
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Ceramics have a soft, warm appearance. The complex gradations of the glaze and the simple beauty of the handiwork is the character of ceramics, and no two pieces are the same. Since ceramic wares absorb water to some degree, they tend to acquire texture and a more nuanced appearance the longer they are used.
Ceramics are made from coarse clay, and absorb water because of their porous finish. Ceramic dishes are dishwasher safe. Please take care when placing them in the dishwasher to prevent them from touching each other. We recommend that you prewash ceramics carefully to prevent residues from getting into the material. Although it is safe to use these dishes in the microwave, sudden temperature changes may occur cracks. This is particularly true for ceramics, which contain moisture that causes the temperature to raise quickly from within, increasing the possible damage. Neither type of dish is oven-safe, nor should they be placed directly on the stove. In addition, please be careful not to pour cold water over hot porcelain or ceramic dishes, as this may result in damage.
BEFORE USING CERAMICWARE
Ceramics made of rough clay easily absorb soup and oil, which may cause stains and unpleasant odors. Please follow these instructions to prevent this. Prior to initial use, pour enough water to cover the dishes in a pot. Add a spoon of flour to the mix, and put your dishes into the pot. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. The gaps between the clay particles are filled with the starchy material, preventing the dish from becoming stained and smelly. Let the dishes cool naturally in the pot, then wash and let them dry well. In addition, soak ceramic dishes in water for 5 to 10 minutes prior to arranging food on them. Take care not to leave your dishes in water after use; wash them as soon as possible, and let them dry completely before storing.
Although they require extra care, the best thing about Japanese ceramics is the way they gradually change to reflect their use.
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