Karakusa Patterned Bowl by Nakata-gama
This bowl is from the Tobe-ware kiln of Masataka Nakata. A ceramicist in this blue and white porcelain tradition since the age of 18, he established his own kiln in 1974. This piece shows Nakata’s dedication to the patterns and to the texture too of classic Edo and Meiji era Japanese porcelain. In his work, Nakata retains some impurities in the clay to give a sense of the material, and a feeling of warmth.
Tobe-ware was established by the regional domain in the 18th century through the importation of potters from the larger ceramic region of Arita. Today the area in Ehime is known for small family kilns such as Masataka Nakata’s, and for hand painted works such as this.
The pattern work here is completed in a hana karakusa (flower arabesque) design. In the Japanese scale it is a 5-sun bowl, and so suitable for a large serving of rice, or perhaps donburi.
It has a diameter of 14.5cm, and is 8.5cm high. The bowls weigh around 365g each, and as they are hand made may some slight differences between them.