A symbol of the versatility of Mino-yaki, modern Utsuwa of "Sakuzan-gama"
Even those who are not familiar with Utsuwa may have heard the name "Mino-yaki" in Gifu prefecture once. Now, let me explain what kind of Utsuwa the famous Mino-yaki is like, it's a bit complicated pottery because its feature is “not having a specific style". Utsuwa is generally referred to as Mino-yaki, which is made in the Tono area, including Toki-shi , Tajimi-shi, Mizunami-shi. This Mino-yaki has several styles with great features such as Shino, Oribe, Koseto. In addition to pottery, porcelain ware produced in this place is also called Mino-yaki. In this way, among Mino-yaki with diversity from ancient times, "Sakuzan-gama” in Toki-shi has been gathering attention recently.
Beautiful modern design
"FLOW" series of "Sakuzan-gama". The pottery is based on refreshing turquoise blue and cream white colors on which you can dish up anything, and affordable with 6,264 yen (tax included, same as below) even for the most expensive pitcher L grip in the photograph.
(Photo: Sakuzan kiln, same as below)
"Sakuzan-gama" appropriately uses four types of soil, more than 100 types of glaze, and furthermore, three types of firing methods. But according to the lineup, the most remarkable feature is clearly the modern sense which is common to all Utsuwa. In a word, minimal and stateless. However, its shaping and coloring are full of exclusive "beauty of usage", far from lacking individuality.
"DAYS" series. With a charm of versatile color variation, this is an easy-to-handle porcelain in a simpler form for daily use. Round plate, Sara · saucer (diameter 140 mm) the bottom left 864 yen .
From the "SENSE" series of pottery, deep plate 20 (diameter 200 mm) 3,672 yen. Although it looks quite unique and more like Japanese, you can see an elaboration in a light and refreshing form.
But at the same time, like in the "SENSE" series, modern Utsuwa is exquisitely created closer to the world of Japan, and in the "URBAN" series, a glaze called "Yohenyu" is used to draw warm and random coloring and gradation which are reminiscent of folk art. These variations are also attractive. It is great that the price range is reasonable enough for daily use.
Opened a painting workshop in the 1940's and started as a pottery company in the 1970's. Since 2000, "Sakuzan-gama" has introduced dozens of conceptual series lines so far. If you are looking for a Japanese style dish that will last long, you can’t take your eyes off the kiln.