The traditional production of Sekishu-kawara tiles is a local industry of the Iwami region of Shimane Prefecture boasting a history of 400 years. Kawara Shokki is tableware made from Honkimachi-kawara, a type of Sekishu-kawara tiles with a distinct reddish brown hue.
The pottery maker, Kamedani Ceramics Ltd., is committed to using 100 percent natural material from clay to glaze, and maintains a traditional production method passed down for 400 years, baking the tiles at a temperature of 1,350 C, which is hot enough to damage the kiln. Sekishu-kawara tiles baked at this high heat are reputed to be hard and sturdy. Because of this process, there is unevenness in the color and differences in the texture of each tile, making each piece one-of-a-kind. Kawara Shokki embodies the Japanese skills of traditional manufacturing that have carved out the landscape of Japan for about 400 years.
Price: ¥3,780 for a cup, ¥2,160 for a dish
Manufacturer: Kamedani Ceramics Ltd. in Hamada, Shimane Prefecture
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