Black Plate 8 5/8" Plate
Hasami Porcelain is a stackable, modular ceramics line made in Hasami, Japan, but designed in Venice Beach, California by Tortoise General Store owner, Taku Shinomoto in 2010. Hasami Porcelain's plate/lid is made from a porcelain clay mixture and is stackable with other pieces within the line. Great for using with the tumbler or mugs to keep teas and coffee warm. Also great as a soap dish for round soap balls.
Before purchasing, please read and look at photographs showing the unique traits of Hasami Porcelain.
Due to the organic nature of this type of porcelainware, there are unavoidable variations, color unevenness, and what Hasami craftspeople call "staining" in the appearance of all Hasami Porcelain products. These variations are the result of uncontrollable chemical reactions between the glaze and the raw materials during the extreme firing process when producing Hasami Porcelain.
Difference in color and texture is not considered second quality, nor is it considered defective or avoidable amongst the Hasami craftsmen community. It is a prized sign of beauty and the one-of-a-kind character and nature within the line.
Hasami Porcelain is made in the historic town of Hasami, located in Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. For over 400 years, the proprietary mixture of crushed stone from Amakusa used in this clay and porcelain mixture has created some of the most beautiful pottery in the world, pieces cherished for their individuality.
Taku Shinomoto lives in Venice Beach, California but originally moved to the United States from Tokyo, Japan where he worked as a furniture designer for a Japanese design company called Idee. Since then he has designed Hasami Porcelain, a brass line called S/N, as well as other products in Japan. Currently, he continues to design furniture in Los Angeles - most recently couches, side tables, book cases and dining table sets.
Size: ø 8 5/8"
Clay and porcelain mixture made of crushed stone
Dishwasher safe. Microwave safe. Not oven safe. Not safe to place over a flame.
Hasami Porcelain is dishwasher safe and durable, but not chip-proof or break-proof. If there is a contact or impact, this piece may chip or crack. When you stack your pieces, please be mindful of not crashing pieces together to cause fractures.
Staining and changing of color will naturally occur over time as ceramic is a natural material. This type of aging and patina is to be cherished, and does not mean that the piece is dirty or unsafe.