Kokuzo-yaki Tobiganna Plate - 15 cm
Kokuzo-yaki Tobiganna Plate - 15 cm
Kokuzo-yaki Tobiganna Plate - 15 cm
Kokuzo-yaki Tobiganna Plate - 15 cm

Kokuzo-yaki Tobiganna Plate - 15 cm

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The surface of this plate is decorated with a tobiganna technique. This is a technique of making a series of cuts using the cutting edge of a Japanese hand plane, called kanna in Japanese. The word tobiganna describes the way the kanna moves as if it were jumping (tobi) across the surface. The Tottori-sakyu Sand Dunes, a famous sightseeing spot in Tottori Prefecture, are covered with ripples created by the wind blowing up from the beach. The pattern on the plate is insipred by the image of wind ripples on the dunes.

Studio: Kokuzo-yaki
Origin: Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture
Dimensions: Ø15 x H2.6 cm
Weight: 250g
Materials: Kokuzo-yaki pottery
Technique: Tobiganna

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pottery from the local soil, named for the local history

The Kokuzo-yaki kiln is owned and operated by couple Yoshiyasu and Kayako Yamamoto. It was established in 1890 by Yoshiyasu’s great-grandparents, who, after discovering high-quality clay in the Kurayoshi area, decided to build their kiln and settle there. A 7th Century archeological site of the regional Yamato Period chiefs lies nearby, who are affectionately nicknamed “Kokuzo-san” or “Mr. Nation-builders” by the locals. Yoshiyasu's grandparents decided to name their pottery Kokuzo-yaki, after this affectionate local name and history.

inspired by the land

The Yamamoto family has now been producing Kokuzo-yaki for four generations. Yoshiyasu and Kayako work day and night to produce high-quality, durable tableware with the mellow, white glaze characteristic of this pottery tradition, as well as its decorative techniques which express Tottori’s natural beauty. “Tobiganna” pieces with their soft and wavy ridges evoke the Tottori sand dunes, and “senmon” pieces emulate constellations in the night sky.

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