Beautiful Hand-Made Iga-yaki Weight Stone for Fermentation and Pickling
This clay weight stone is hand-made by artisans for fermentation and quick pickling. This stone is designed to keep vegetables submerged under liquid during the pickling process. Using this weight with a jar or bowl, you can make a quick and tasty pickled salad or condiments. The shape and size is convenient and easy to use with many sizes of jars and bowls.
True “Terror” of Iga
Iga region, where this pottery is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay is coarse and consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. With this effect, when Iga-yaki (Iga-style) pottery is crafted by artisanal hands, it creates the signature wabi-sabi (“unfinished beauty”) look. This exceptional wabi-sabi beauty of Iga-yaki pottery has been praised by pottery lovers in Japan over centuries.
Authentic Iga-yaki pottery by Nagatani-en
Iga-yaki pottery is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics, and is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in late 7th Century. This product is made by a leading producer of Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each product is made by hand with care. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products have been loved by both professionals and home cooks in Japan.
Your authentic Iga-yaki pottery develops its character as it ages
Authentic Iga-yaki tableware or pottery can develop its character as you use it over time. The color and texture could change slightly, or tiny crackles ("kannyu") could develop inside. These are all the welcoming characteristics of Iga-yaki's historic wabi-sabi beauty, and we hope you enjoy using this pottery for a very long time.
All the donabe and Iga-yaki products made by Nagatani-en are hand-crafted with care, so every piece is unique and no two pieces are identical. There are slight variations within the color/ shade, shape/ curve, and patterns, among pieces, and that makes each piece so special. Also under different lighting and angle, the actual color shade and nuance may also appear slightly different from the photos in the product page.
Size: 4.5” diameter x 1.75” high (11.5 cm diameter x 4.5 cm high)
Weight: 1.4 lbs (650 g)
Material: Clay Producer: Nagatani-en Origin: Iga, Japan
Usage and Care
Hand wash only. Make sure to dry completely before storing. This product is not dishwasher safe.
Avoid any sharp temperature change on the product, as it could cause cracking.
Do not freeze the product, as it might crack.
Do not set the product on direct heat.
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