Stoneware plate made by hand in the Japanese workshop of Shin Ito.
It was glazed with a method popular in Japan, the Kohiki. There are several versions, the most common is to put a layer of white engobe on the raw piece before the first firing. The clay engobe is a slip bath mixed with oxides to enhance the color. Then cook it a second time with enamel containing wood ashes.
Here, Shin Ito is a bit different. There are 3 firings.
Initially, he bakes his piece at 700°C, then he passes the engobe to bake again at 700°C, finally a third firing takes place at 1250°C with the enamel containing wood ashes.
Thus, the object in question has many variations and depths of white. The semi-transparent engobe offers a natural surface reminiscent of fine flour, Kohihi in Japanese.
Shin Ito pottery combines traditional Japanese ceramics with modernity. The potter likes the charm of natural textures and materials. Traditional Japanese techniques are excellent for combining nature and artificial charm.
After studying contemporary art at Tama Art University in Tokyo, and working as a web designer, Shin Ito decided to learn traditional ceramics in Kyoto in an artisan workshop.
Since then, he has settled where he lives, in Kobe.
Shin Ito uses a manual, non-electric potter's wheel to retain the earth's natural distortion.
MATERIALS : Glazed stoneware
TECHNIQUE : Manual lathe and plate.
ENAMEL: Kohiki method, then wood ash enamel
COLOUR : White Kohiki
DIMENSIONS : 18cmx18cm approximately
USES AND MAINTENANCE:
Watch out for liquid stains that can color the plate. In general, it is better to rinse after use
NOTE: Like any handcrafted product, these pieces may have slight variations in shape, color and thickness.