These artisanal pieces were made in the Karatsu Japanese pottery tradition, which was created for everyday items such as tableware, pitchers, and other household items. Karatsu-ware bowls, plates, and other implements are often used in tea ceremonies.
The Karatsu style is considered an excellent example of the wabi-sabi aesthetic. This aesthetic is described as appreciating beauty “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. Characteristics of wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of natural objects and nature’s forces.
The clay used in the production of the pieces was harvested local to the studio, and all glazes were made with natural plant ashes from straw and wood sourced from local farmers and wood stoves.