The historic town of Hasami in Nagasaki prefecture is one of the foremost pottery districts in Japan. Hasami began crafting its porcelain ware almost 400 years ago during the Edo period, distributing them throughout Japan as well as to Europe through the port of Nagasaki.
Hasami porcelain was designed by Takuhiro Shinomoto whose vision was to integrate modern tableware design with the organic quality produced by traditional Japanese manufacturing techniques. Takuhiro Shinomoto has been involved with the Hasami porcelain project since 2010. Asked to come up with a line of pottery for Hasami in the Nagasaki prefecture the project was all about creating something that could work globally.
The charm of Hasami porcelain lies in the soft and comfortable texture that is carefully shaped with modern lines and aesthetics. The matte finish of the porcelain adds the organic touch that serves as a complement to food and beverages. Using traditional glazing techniques with a proprietary blend of natural stone and clay materials, the outer texture of Hasami porcelain is a result of many years of development to bring out the very best of these raw natural resources.
Hasami porcelain masters both multi-functionality and practicality in its design. Many of the products are versatile in function such as the lids, which can also be used as trays or as plates. The shapes and sizes of all mugs, bowls, lids and accessories are modular and made stackable for ease of serving and for efficient storage.
The inspiration for this stacking concept came from traditional Japanese lacquered tiered boxes or Jubako. Like the Jubako, Hasami porcelain can be used for serving foods individually, as a set, as well as for both indoor or outdoor settings.
Hasami porcelain sets itself apart from the mass-produced, factory-made porcelain tableware found in other porcelain-producing regions around the world. Porcelain made in the Hasami village is original in the organic nature of its production and the unique character of each finished product.