Tableware is alive.
The technique to intentionally create minute cracks in the surface known as'craze'utilizes different shrinkage ratios of glass glazes. The craze occurs not only during firing, but continues to grow gradually with use.
Discovering a new line what wasn't there yesterday is a reminder that the tableware is alive and growing, helping forge a loving relationship with these dishes that are a part of our life.
Glass glaze is what Chikudouen does best, led by artisan Takashi Shimakura, who singlehandedly oversees all glass glaze. Application begins with checking the consistency of the glaze. Not satisfied with relying on instrument readings, he always feels the glaze with his bare hands to check the viscosity. This important step controls the thickness of glaze, which determines what kind of craze will eventuate.
Firing is also a delicate process.
Especially green glazes have a tendency to affect other colors during the firing process, so are kept in a separate area of the kiln. The extra space required means not as many pieces can be fired at once.
The stackable HASU series requires especially high precision, not only of glaze thickness but also an even firing to enable them to stack well. Furthermore, the HASU series are thinner than any other glass-glazed pottery, so the artisans admit they must take extra care with the delicate pieces.
Chikudouen is proud to be one of the few potteries to keep the art of glass glaze alive to this day.
Besides specialized glaze applying techniques, we also insist on making all the base pottery in-house too. Through the Chikudouen HASU series, we deliver the valuable art of giving life to pottery from Japan to the world
Vibrant green glaze with leaf vein patterned crackle conjures images of hasu (lotus) leaves. Cloak your table in the fresh feel of a tranquil pond with these hasu plates and bowls.HASU