A frost-white elegant tea cup made in porcelain following the Shogen Imari style. Beautifully balanced and easy to hold.
Handmade by Nakazato Kenta in Karatsu, from the Ryutagama kiln in Karatsu, Saga.
Nakazato Taki and Nakazato Kenta
Belonging to the established pottery lineage of the Nakazato family, Nakazato Taki (born in 1965) and his son Kenta (born in 1993) make pottery at their Ryutagama kiln together, working side by side. Taki san runs the kiln today, after inheriting it from his father Takashi.While the famous name「Nakazato」brings many expectations that may be a burden sometimes, Taki san just concentrates on keeping calm and creating pots, largely ignoring the pressure. As for Kenta san, he always envisions the scene where the food is to be served, and people around the table with smiles on their faces, as he creates new expressions of Karatsu ware. Each of his dishes conveys his free and relaxed sensibility, reflecting his upbringing in a family deeply in love with food. The pottery and porcelain made at the Ryutagama kiln pots are not decorative but functional. They are pieces made to add depth to daily life, with a minimal design and lack of ostentation. Known throughout Japan for the quality of their wares, the potters at Ryutagama uses wheel thrown technique that has been passed down for generations in Karatsu, using wood fired kiln as well as gas fired.