Japanese Ceramics are some of the finest in the world. The Japanese have a long tradition of appreciating exquisite pottery, and many unique ceramics are made in almost every area of Japan. Unlike China, where fine ceramics were made to be looked at but never touched, the Japanese use good quality ceramics in their homes and at every meal, because it is believed that a beautiful dish enhances the flavor of the food and the joy of eating. At any given Japanese meal a variety of different style ceramic bowls and plates will be used, rather than using a matched set. This is also believed to enhance the experience of eating delicious food, reflected by a common proverb that says, “Me de Taberu”; “Eat with the Eyes (First! then the Palate!)
In our store we carry a fine selection of antique, vintage, and contemporary Japanese ceramics. We have an ever-changing selection of Tea Ceremony Bowls, which include Raku pottery, Hagi, Bizen, Shigaraki and others. We also have a few superb ceramics that were made by National Living Treasures such as Hamada Shoji, and Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who were responsible for making famous the folk art pottery of Mashiko, now known throughout Japan for its simple yet stunning designs.
We hope you enjoy the ceramics on our website, but remember that a photo can’t convey the extraordinary depth of color in the glazes, or the wide variety of textures in the clay. For that you have to visit our store and see for yourself!