The historic town of Hasami in Nagasaki Prefecture is one of the foremost pottery districts in Japan where they began crafting porcelainware almost 400 years ago. Hasami craftsmen were able to develop a highly efficient system to mass produce their porcelain products thereby making them more consistent in quality and reasonable in price. Hasami Porcelain was designed by Takuhiro Shinomoto of Tortoise in Venice, CA whose vision was to integrate modern tableware design with the organic quality produced by traditional Japanese manufacturing techniques.
The charm of Hasami Porcelain lies in the soft and comfortable texture that is carefully shaped with modern lines and pleasant aesthetics. There is a distinct natural feel to its wares compared to that of traditional porcelain. The matte finish of the porcelain adds the organic touch that serves as a complement to food and beverages. Using traditional glazing techniques with a proprietary blend of natural stone and clay materials, the outer texture of Hasami Porcelain is a result of many years of development to bring out the very best of these raw natural resources.
Hasami Porcelain sets itself apart from the mass-produced, factory-made porcelain tableware found in other porcelain-producing regions around the world. Specialisation serves as a key factor in the overall production process. Each product is passed onto different craftsmen in various parts of the village to undergo a specific step of handwork until the product is completed. Each craftsman is skilled in their own specialised role, such as the mixing of soil and stone, the moulding of the product, the glazing, and the maintenance of the kiln during the firing process. They each contribute in their own way to create a piece that is naturally different from all the rest. This organisation of labour in the Hasami village has been passed down for generations.
Natural variances in colour and texture are what ultimately create the personality that defines each Hasami Porcelain piece as its own aesthetically unique product.
MADE IN JAPAN