Fumoto Kiln Pottery
Enjoy these cool and calming ceramics from the 400 year old Fumoto Kiln of Kumamoto Japan. Each piece is hand-crafted on the wheel using a clay rich in iron that impart the distinct dark reddish brown color that's trademark of Fumotoware. The sandy irregular texture of the clay feels great in the hands, and some pieces are dripped in a smooth glossy glaze that bake into a blue tinged frost, which resembles the inside of a shell. Fumoto is known for creating beautiful pieces for traditional tea ceremonies so a peaceful quality is infused into all their works so your dining experience can be equally calm and tranquil. Please know these pieces are imbued with beautiful variation, so the piece shown in the photo may not be the exact piece you receive.
Brown xsmall plate 5'' D x 1'' H
Amber rim small plate 6.15'' D x 1.5'' H
Frost medium plate 7.5'' D x 1.75'' H
Blue beige large plate 10'' D x 2'' H
Frost xsmall bowl 4.5'' D x 1.75'' H
Brown xsmall bowl 4.5'' D 1.75'' H
Frost small bowl 6'' D x 2.5'' H
Frost small deep plate 6'' D x 2.5'' H
Frost and brown small round bowl 4.75'' D x 3'' H
Frost and brown small mug 3.25'' D x 3.25'' H
Frost and brown medium mug 3.4''D x 3.75'' H
Brown small pitcher 3'' D x 3.25'' H
Fumoto kiln carries on the 400 year legacy of Shodai ceramics, under the watchful eye of ceramic master Inouse Taishu. Shodai ceramics are made of clay with a high iron content. This results in dark, reddish brown clay. Using a technique that was developed in the Edo period (18th century), Fumoto kiln glazes their ceramics with ash from straw, wood, and rice - dramatically ladled to create striking, bold, uncontrolled patterns. Inouse Taishu established the Fumoto kiln in 1965. Fumoto kiln received the Minister for Foreign Affairs’ Award at the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition, and the Grand Prize at the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, among other awards.
Shodai ceramics are often referred to as gotoku-yaki, directly translating to "five virtues." The five virtues of Shodai ceramics are:
- Does not corrode
- Does not transmit odor
- Protected from moisture
- Antibacterial effects
- A long life span
Each piece is made entirely by hand so there are variations in all of the pieces. The piece you see in the photo may not be the exact piece you receive. You may see fine lines and cracks in the glaze and this is natural characteristic of this type of pottery, and is not a sign of defect. Uneven texture, asymmetrical construction, and irregular thickness is all part of the piece's character and not a sign of defect.
Hand-wash recommended. Not oven safe.