What is Tobe ware?
Ceramics made in Tobe-cho, Iyo-gun, Ehime Prefecture and its surrounding towns. About 240 years ago, the production of porcelain began at the order of the lord of the Ozu domain, Yasuko Kato. In the late Edo period, high-quality Kawanobori stone was discovered, which led to the development of white gosu (indigo) dyed porcelain. It is also characterized by its thick, plain shape and the hardness of the material. Typical designs include arabesque patterns, and other traditional patterns include nazuna patterns, togusa patterns, and sun patterns. Even now, there are about 100 kilns in and around Tobe-cho, and Tobe ware with a new texture is born while inheriting traditional techniques and patterns.
Ceramic Kiln Nagato Seitojo
We would like to introduce Nagato Pottery, which is available at our shop!
A workshop run by a family of three (Tetsuya Nagato, Junko, and Hiromu) in Tobe, Ehime. We create pottery that gently blends in with our lives, so that we can spend our daily lives carefully.
The Kotobe-mon series is drawn with reference to Kotobe-kosama from the Edo period, using the representative technique of Tobe-yaki called “Sometsuke”.
I think that the combination of colors and patterns that has existed since ancient times in Japan is packed with something like the aesthetic sense that Japanese people express in a simple way. I couldn't help but think, ''That's wonderful~. '' There is something that mutters. In addition, it is a stylish atmosphere created by interweaving Tosaigama's modern sense.
Hanagakimon is based on the motif of a fence made of flowering trees. The red of the flower with a fluffy and vague texture is warm. In addition, the fine and delicate cracks (crack patterns that occur due to the shrinkage of the glaze when baked) add more depth to the taste.
Teacups, rice bowls and rice bowls have a higher base (the part that touches the bottom of the table). This kind of shape is called kuwaranka type. "Kurawanka" means "Would you like to eat?" in the dialect of the Kansai region. In the Edo period, Yodogawa merchants who sold food on boats began to make them with a solid shape to prevent food from spilling on the boat. It's so lovely and yet so modern.
*Both bowls are large.
We also handle small flower sentence series.
(August 2021, various types have increased!)
This is also a Tobe-yaki technique of "sometsuke", and lovely small flowers are drawn pretty.
You can feel the warmth and taste of each item, such as the large and small iron points that appear when the iron content of the clay reacts during firing, and the subtle differences in the size, shape, and bleeding of the patterns that are unique to hand-painting.
It has a depth of about 4 cm, so it is perfect for juicy dishes. The edges are slightly turned inward, so it's hard to spill.
Tosaigama's pottery is characterized by a gentle and delicate crack pattern created by using original clay and glaze. As you use it, the color will transfer and soak in relatively quickly. Change with your daily life. It's like spending time together... By all means, please enjoy the age change and grow "your own vessel"!
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