When picturing a beautifully laid out dining table, most people are likely to imagine white flatware. Though classic and simple, white tableware is sometimes seen as lacking individuality. In fact, “plain white” is not actually so plain, but instead reveals many rich and nuanced tones. Some white is soft and mellow with a warm tone, while others have a crisp brightness. A variety of expression can be found in the subtlety and variations of white.
In southern Japan, a tradition of delicate porcelain pottery called Arita-yaki has been quietly producing stunning ceramics for hundreds of years. In the mid-17th century, Arita-yaki swept through Europe, introducing the style to the Western world. It became so popular that some consider it the original influence for Meissen, one of the best ceramic traditions in Germany at the time. Here, we are happy to introduce tableware from two different ceramicists, both of whom have their roots in Arita-yaki. Each demonstrates the allure of white from their unique perspective.
Haraguchi Tōji-en is a studio that produces bone china. Bone china is a type of porcelain invented in England during the 18th century, and is characterized by the use of bone ash as an ingredient. It has a translucent milky white color, smooth texture and high durability. Though bone china is considered first-class porcelain, Haraguchi Tōji-en produces a line of tableware for daily use with a modern design and varied uses.
We are also excited to introduce the ceramics studio sione, led by porcelain designer Showko Kawahara. The sione tableware series contains truly peerless, one-of-a-kind vessels inspired by Kawahara’s poetic and narrative-based worldview. The characteristic, story-telling paintings that decorate porcelain don’t just provide color to the white tableware, but they also touch heartstrings and bring conversation to the dining table you share with your loved ones.