Iga Plate – Kuroame
USD$83.17 – USD$128.99
Made in Japan
17cm: D 170mm x H 42mm
21.5cm: D 215mm x H 53mm
24cm: D 240mm x H 54mm
These beautifully handcrafted plates come in 3 sizes to compliment your dining set for main and side dishes, small snacks, or desserts. Paired perfectly with other Iga tableware available at ITSUMO. Adding a touch of warmth, this Iga Plate is an ideal choice for serving your favourite dish on your dining table.
Each of these plates are hand thrown one by one by skilled craftsmen. Using local clay and traditional techniques, Iga ware (伊賀焼, Iga-yaki) is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional pottery styles, and is rooted in Iga city of Mie prefecture, Japan. Iga ware carries a rich tradition that can be traced back to the Nara Period (710-794), featuring wild beauty actualized by the unique quality of the soil. The clay and natural glazes are local to the region that are extremely resistant to heat and react well to repeated firing. Iga clay offers an elevated level of hardness while the pebbles in the clay result in natural character and texture.
Pottery that is considered earthenware is porous and considerably low in density compared to porcelain, meaning it will absorb liquids. Therefore, before using Iga ware for the first time, please follow the care instruction in order to protect the ceramic from food stain or odor.
Due to the handcrafted quality of these products, there will be individual differences in shade, gloss and size of glaze. Its beauty is one of a kind.
- Place the vessel in a pot of rice water* (white cloudy water left after rinsing rice)
- Simmer for about 10 minutes**.
- Wipe off the slimy moisture with a soft cloth, and dry well.
*Rice water can be replaced with leftover rice, porridge, wheat flour, or potato starch with water added.
** Depending on the vessel size, we recommend soaking for about at least 10 minutes to 2 hours.
By doing this work, the fine cracks on the surface are blocked with starch, making it difficult for stains and odors to adhere. The small cracks that can be seen inside and outside the vessel occurring naturally due to the nature of the soil from Iga, and can be used without any problem.
- Hand wash your Iga ware well with a scrubbing brush
- Dry it thoroughly and store in a dry area. Insufficient drying can lead to mold growth.
- Do not use hardware such as a metal brush as it may damage the skin of the vessel causing water leakage or cracks.
- If there is remaining odor from food, season your product with boiling tea leaves for about 10 minutes. The ingredients contained in tea will absorb the odor. If it becomes moldy, add vinegar, and let it boil for about 10 minutes. The sterilization and deodorant action of vinegar is effective.
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Making the best use of skilled Japanese craftsmanship, Azmaya collaborates with artisans, designers, and small local manufactures to revive an old Japanese aesthetic sense.
From beautifully crafted tableware and functionally calculated kitchenware, their specialized housewares are made with a consistent commitment to using traditional techniques and only the highest quality materials found in Japan.
While respecting the traditions of Japanese craftwork, Azmaya creates something new by modifying the design to match tested Japanese “tools” with the present age. The collection features minimalist design reflecting the high level of skill and superior techniques of the artisans today.
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