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Sake Serving Carafe - Igayaki Tokkuri

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Sea Blue Igayaki

Igayaki ceramics, commonly known as Iga ware, is a type of Japanese pottery that originated in the Iga region of Mie Prefecture. This traditional craft is celebrated for its rustic beauty, robust forms, and unique firing techniques, which impart distinctive characteristics to the ceramics.

Reminiscent of the southern Japanese seaside, these sake bottles (Tokkuri) feature various shades of light blue and spots of earthy colours to create a seaside sensation.

Tactile feelings are an omnipresent feature of Iga ware. Each piece is made, painted, and baked in a wood fire oven individually, ensuring the preservation of the craft as it was practiced centuries ago.

  • Because it is handmade, each color, shape, and size are slightly different. There may be differences in the pattern and color, but please understand that it is unique to handmade products before purchasing it, and enjoy the warmth of it. 
  • Do not use directly on fire or in an oven.
  • You can use dishwasher and microwave oven.
  • Dirt after use may cause stains, so please remove them as soon as possible. 
  • After washing, dry thoroughly and store. 
  • The looks and feel of Iga ware is not for everyone's taste. It is a craft that is being used continuously for almost 1000 years. Please be open to experience what Japanese people used in that era.

Details

  • Weight: 300g approx.
  • Capacity: 220ml approx.

In the box

  • 1 x Blue Iga ware carafe 

Historical Background

  • Origin: Iga ware dates back to the late 7th century, with significant development during the Kamakura (1185-1333) and Muromachi (1336-1573) periods.
  • Development: The ceramics gained popularity during the Momoyama period (1573-1603) when tea ceremonies became prominent. Iga ware's natural aesthetics and earthy tones were highly valued by tea masters.

Characteristics

  • Clay: The clay used in Iga ware is rich in silica and iron, giving it a distinctive texture and strength. This clay is known for its fire-resistant properties, making it ideal for kilns.
  • Firing Process: Iga ware is typically wood-fired, which creates unique variations in color and texture. The firing process can result in natural ash glazes and an uneven surface, adding to the rustic charm.
  • Aesthetics: The pottery often features a rough, unrefined look with intentional imperfections, cracks, and warping, embodying the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy, which finds beauty in imperfection and transience.

Notable Techniques

  • Hori-kanna: This technique involves carving the surface of the pottery to create decorative patterns and textures.
  • Kohiki: A method where a white slip is applied over the clay body before firing, creating a contrast between the white surface and the clay's natural color.

Modern Iga Ware

Today, Iga ware continues to be produced using traditional methods, with artisans dedicated to preserving the craft. Contemporary Iga ceramics are appreciated for both their historical significance and their aesthetic qualities, making them popular among collectors and tea ceremony practitioners.

 

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