Iga-Yu Series has the traditional deep green color of Iga-style glaze. This glaze is called bidoro, and it’s known for the natural earthy tone. Originally bidoro glaze developed naturally from melting ashes during firing in the wood-fired kiln. Bidoro glaze gives a warm nostalgic look to the pottery.
True “Terroir” of Iga
Iga region, where this donabe is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay from this region is naturally highly heat-resistant and has been used for open-flame cooking for many hundreds of years. This clay consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. The porous body gives the donabe remarkable heat-retention ability. The donabe gradually builds the heat when it’s heated, then it cools down very slowly after the heat is turned off. This, along with the glaze that promotes the far infrared radiation (FIR), allow the donabe to produce a gentle, high heat that penetrates to the core of each ingredient. The effect is ingredients are cooked evenly with all the flavors sealed inside.
Authentic Iga-yaki Pottery by Nagatani-en
Iga-yaki (Iga-style) 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 donabe is made by Nagatani-en, a leading producer of authentic Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each donabe is made by hand with care and it takes about 2 weeks to produce an individual donabe. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products 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: 5.1” diameter (13 cm diameter)
Weight: 5.5 oz (155 g)
Material: Clay Producer: Nagatani-en Origin: Iga, Japan
Usage and Care
This product is microwave-safe. Do not set the product on any other direct heat.
Hand wash only. Make sure to dry completely before storing. This product is not dishwasher safe.
Food should not be stored in the product, as the porous clay could absorb the moisture and smell of the contents over time.
Avoid any sharp temperature change on the product, as it could cause cracking.
Do not freeze the product, as it might crack.
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