Ichimatsu Patterned Medium Salad Bowls by Nakata-gama
These low sided salad bowels were made at the Tobe-ware kiln of Masataka Nakata. They are finished in a hand patterned rendition of the classic ichimatsu pattern. This chequerboard motif is a classic one in Japanese visual design, and for example has been recreated in the Olympic logo, and elsewhere.
Tobe-ware is a tradition in blue and white ceramics practiced in Ehime, on Japan’s Shikoku island. Originally an eighteenth century offshoot of the larger porcelain region of Arita, today it is known for small family kilns and traditional methods.
Masataka Nakata has been a Tobe-ware potter since apprenticing aged 18, and established his own kiln in 1974. In his work he uses the patterns that have recurred in Japanese porcelain since the Meiji and Edo eras, and gives a sense of material by retaining some impurities in the clay.
These bowls are striking demonstration of his work for the table.
They are 19cm in diameter, and are around 7cm high. They weigh around 500g.
As each is hand made, there are small differences between them.