Haraguchi Tojien Ceramic , Porcelain Kyoto , Saga
Haraguchi Toujien was established as a product development laboratory for Arita-yaki ceramics in 2009. The founder was born to a family that run an Arita-yaki pottery, Nippon Bone China, and took over the business as the second master potter and engaged in ceramics production for thirteen years. Arita, the birthplace of Japanese ceramics, was built in 1616, by a Korean potter named Yi Sam-pyeong, who came to Japan during the dispatch of troops to Korea by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In 1650, the products were exported through the Dutch East India Company to the Western world. European royalties were among the people who were charmed by the ceramics from the Far East. However, the surrounding environment has changed dramatically for Arita-yaki today. In 2009, when the industry was facing the greatest danger of extinction just before reaching its 400th anniversary of kiln opening, Haraguchi Toujien released the “MINIMUM” series, which aimed to produce “everyday-use tableware, beyond the borders of food nationalities.” Thereafter, the company is expanding the breadth of its collection, following up with new serieses such as the “B” series and “Caff” series.
The universality of minimalist design