Japanese Making Process
All our products are expertly crafted by artisans in Japan. A whole lot of love, skill and dedication goes into making our distinctive tableware. Curious how it's all made? Then you've come to the right place!
Japanese pottery is strongly linked to the area of its native resources, this not only includes the clay, but also the form of the product and the colours of the glaze. The majority of our products are sourced from small, family-run kilns in Gifu on the central island of Honshu, with the rest of our collections sourced from the length and breadth of Japan. The pottery cycle itself is a microcosm of man-nature-culture. From digging clay to forming into wares, glazing and firing and distributing them.
The base ingredient for Japanese ceramic tableware is, of course, clay. Gifu is home to a huge clay basin. Since the 7th century, the craftspeople of Gifu have been able to access this and forge an industry that still thrives to this day. To make the clay workable, industrial custom-made machines are used to knead the clay. From there, the clay is used either on the potter’s wheel to form the base shape, or injected into plaster moulds - which produces shapes such as squares and circles.