Like a pebble on the beach, it has an organic and pleasant texture of clay. When used, the pieces give warmth and reassurance in your palm. Roughness and delicacy－these are the expressive elements of Ceramic lab. Its production takes place in the traditional pottery village of Hasami in Nagasaki, Japan. Local craftsmen and KINTO’s product planning team work hand in hand, employing inherited knowledge and creativity to conceive “new Japanese tableware.” The essence of using a creation realized by handcraft is to discover its story. This story gives you the joy of nurturing a special connection to your tableware.
Craftsmanship in focus
Hasami village has a tradition of ceramic and porcelain production which dates back 400 years. Historically, the village has taken pride in creating tableware for daily use, and this is reflected in the exceptional willingness of local craftsmen not only to preserve traditional skills but also to cater to the needs of users today. This yields humble, modest, and comforting creations. For KINTO, it has been 15 years since our location was set up in Hasami. Residing there are local staffs born and raised in the village, with years of experience in ceramic and porcelain production.
Respect for materials
Where long-standing tradition of handcraft exists, there is always an enduring treasure sought by people throughout generations. For Hasami, it is the clay — particularly its clay composed of sandstone. It mixes sand and rocks with Amakusa porcelain stone mined from Amakusa islands. This porcelain clay ensures durability making it suitable for daily use and allows simple dishes to be presented dynamically. Deep nuanced expressions are created by the iron in the sandstone reacting with the glaze.
Shaped by experience
Ceramic lab. pieces are formed individually by pressing clay into plaster molds. The shape of CLK-152 mug series is characterized by a plump bottom and a narrowing brim, which is normally difficult to take out of the mold. However, it is the nature of Hasami craftsmen to take on challenges, and this defines the craftsmanship of Ceramic lab. Molding was achieved by taking advantage of the contraction of the clay. The refined skills and knowledge backed by long tradition lives on in the stable cup form.
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