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Iga Suribachi Mortar & Wood Pestle – XL




Mortar: Clay ceramic (Iga ware)

Pestle: Sansho wood (Japanese pepper tree)

Made in Japan


XL Mortar: ⌀ 27 x H 11cm

XL Pestle: L34 x ⌀ 4cm approx.


*Mortar and pestle are sold separately. Please add each to make sure you have a set together. 

*Smaller sizes are also available. (Mortar / Pestle)

*This product is not qualified for free shipping.


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This Iga ceramic mortar is a very large size, ideal for a big portion of goma-ae, tororo-imo, or mixing pesto with pasta, etc, allowing you to mix all the ingredients in just one serving bowl. Azmaya’s Iga ceramic mortar bowl features a delicate combed interior, providing the ideal surface type for grinding sesame seeds, beans, miso, tofu and many other herbs and spices.  Use in combination with the Sansho wood pestle (available separately) and you will unfold the most enticing and delicious flavours for all your home cooked meals.


Handcrafted using traditional techniques, Iga-ware uses clay and natural glazes local to the Iga region (Mie Prefecture) which 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. The solidly rustic style provides an organic and easy presence in your kitchen, while the simple beauty of the outer glaze builds on the functionality of the bowl by allowing it to double as an elegant serving dish. After grinding your seasonings, simply add the rest of your ingredients and serve to your friends and family directly from the bowl. 


After every use, gently wash, dry it well and store in a well-ventilated area. Do not use metal cleaning utensils, as it may damage the fine ridges. In order to best protect the Iga ceramics from stain or odour, before first use, please follow the care instructions provided.


*Due to the handcrafted quality of these products, individual differences in shade, gloss & size of glaze are to be expected.

Iga ware 

伊賀焼, iga-yaki

Using local clay and traditional techniques, Iga ware (伊賀焼, Iga-yaki) is a style of Japanese pottery traditionally produced 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 a wild beauty actualized by the unique quality of the baked clay. Due to the handcrafted production, there are individual differences in shade, gloss, and size of glaze. Its beauty is one of a kind.

Pottery that is considered earthenware is porous and considerably low in density compared to porcelain, meaning it will absorb water. Therefore, before using Iga ware for the first time, please follow this care instruction in order to protect the ceramic from food stain or odour.


  • Place the vessel in a pot of starchy rice water* (white cloudy water left after rinsing rice)
  • Soak, depending on the vessel size, for about 10 minutes to 2 hours.
  • 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.

* By doing this conditioning step, the fine cracks on the surface are blocked with starch, making it difficult for stains and odours to adhere. The small cracks that can be seen inside and outside the vessel occur naturally due to the nature of the soil from Iga, and the vessel 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 mould 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 odour from food, season the product by boiling green tea leaves for about 10 minutes. The ingredients contained in tea will absorb the odour.

*If it becomes mouldy, add vinegar and let it boil for about 10 minutes. The sterilisation and deodorising action of the vinegar will neutralise the mould.

*Microwave safe


Since 1997


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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.

Easy to use, made to last. Our new standard in everyday life.


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