5-sun White Patchwork Patterned Plate by Aya Kondo
These small plates are by Kasama based ceramicist Aya Kondo. In the Japanese ceramic measurement scale, they are 5 sun. As one sun is around 3.03cm, this makes them roughly 15cm in diameter. And therefore suitable for slices of cake or as small side plates.
Kondo is most known for her designs using slip trailing, with careful and ornate application of pattern. But these pieces show another side of her ceramic repertoire, with patchwork sections of the glaze shades that she makes in her wooded studio, in a rural section of Kasama. As each piece is handmade, each is different, with the colours delimited, but sometimes running into each other. These include a burnt brown, ‘ame’ (caramel) glaze, and whites and creams, made from ash.
Aya Kondo is a ceramicist whose story shows the ceramic talent that flows into the town of Kasama. Born in the northern prefecture of Akita, Kondo aborted a career in the school system to dedicate her life to craft. Years travelling, and a period spent training in the nearby town Mashiko, led her eventually to set up her studio in Kasama. Her work widely loved in Japan, for both its pattern work, and rich organic feel of its colours.
The plates are 2.5cm high, and weigh 250g. They are also available in a larger size.