Image of Kiku Plate Kohiki Style Medium Iron

Kiku Plate Kohiki Style Medium Iron


Beautiful tableware by contemporary Japanese ceramicist Fumie Suzuki. Based out of Tokoname, Aichi, Fumie makes pieces designed for everyday use with a playful aesthetic.

These plates have been crafted in the kohiki style, an iron-rich clay body with a light slip. The result is a powdery iron glaze with a purple tinge and a cratered effect. Kohiki originated from Korean potters and became popular in Japan with the samurai classes in the 1500's. Kohiki ceramics are said to undergo three changes as they age with use, known as ‘keshiki'.

The kiku or chrysanthemum shape in Japan is said to represent longevity and rejuvenation. This piece is faceted so that you can feel the maker’s hand, a tactile, earthy texture.

The dish has a soft luster to make serving food so attractive, an ideal accompaniment to wagashi or small side dishes.

Measures approx. 14cm across.

For longevity we recommend washing by hand and drying after use. Please do not use in the microwave or dishwasher.

Japanese pottery such as this usually has tiny crevices on the surface, which absorb liquid. It’s part of the aesthetic and it’s usual to enjoy the piece changing as it ages, wabi-sabi of sorts. But if you prefer, use the 'medome' technique- presoaking in hot rice water before the first use- to prevent colour changes.

As each piece is individually handmade there may be tiny variations from the image shown.

Gift wrapped in tissue paper

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