Dimensions: 3.3/8 in x 4.1/8 in; Material: semi porcelain; Made in Japan; Microwave and dishwasher safe.
The historic town of Hasami in Nagasaki Prefecture is one of the foremost pottery districts in Japan. Hasami began crafting its porcelainware almost 400 years ago during the Edo period, distributing them throughout Japan as well as to Europe through the port of Nagasaki. Hasami craftsmen were able to develop a highly efficient system to mass produce their porcelain products thereby making them more consistent in quality and reasonable in price.
Due to the organic nature of making this type of porcelain-ware, color variation among different pieces, color unevenness within a single piece, and appearance of 'staining' in the glaze, and textural difference, is all completely normal and part of its organic aesthetic. It is caused by the uncontrollable chemical reaction between the glaze and raw materials during the extreme firing process. These changes in color and texture is not considered second quality nor defective within the Hasami craftsmen community. Each piece is one of a kind, and what gives HASAMI PORCELAIN its unique character.