THE SCENT OF BLUE

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Be­hind ev­ery prod­uct there is a story and th­ese porce­lain pieces have an en­gag­ing one. Work of Ja­panese art stu­dio Nendo, the table­ware re­flec­tive of the coun­try’s cul­ture, plays with pat­terns to cre­ate a range of ce­ramic ar­ti­cles. The Ume-play and Karakusa-play col­lec­tions cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Gen-emon, one of the best known Arita-yaki porce­lain kilns, with a 260-year-old his­tory, are hand-de­signed and dec­o­rated with tra­di­tional Ja­panese mo­tifs. The process in­volves en­larg­ing and re-ar­rang­ing the kiln’s well-known molds—a small plum-blos­som re­peat known as ‘ume komon’ and fo­liage scroll­work called ‘karakusa-e’ and cut­ting them up, turn­ing them up­side down and lay­er­ing the shapes. The re­sult­ing pieces may have dif­fer­ent de­signs but have the ce­ramic maker’s iden­tity of blue and white un­der glaze with con­trast­ing dark and light blues. www.nendo.jp

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