This beautiful bowl with its ivory glaze and its characteristic almond shape is sure to add a unique touch to any table. The shape and curves of the bowl feels incredibly comfortable in the hand. Appreciate the wabi sabi found in the kannyu (thin crevices resembling leaf-veins in the glaze) and slight imperfect edge of the bowl, giving it a very artisanal and handmade feel.
Large size is ideal for serving salad or main course to share. The small size can be enjoyed as an individual serving bowl or serve small snacks like nuts. It's nice to stock all three sizes for different serving purposes.
True “Terroir” 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.
Ideal for serving 2-3 people
Size: 14.6” x 6.9" x 3.3" (37 cm wide x x 17.5 cm deep 8.5 cm high)
Capacity: 7.5 cups (1800 ml)
Weight: 1 lb 14.8 oz (873 g)
Ideal for salads, curry rice, etc.
Size: 11.4” x 5.5" x 2.6" (29 cm wide x 14 cm deep x 6.5 cm high)
Capacity: 3.5 cups (850 ml)
Weight: 15.5 oz (439 g)
Ideal for snacks, small appetizers/entrees
Size: 6.5” x 3.9" x 2" (16.5 cm wide x 10 cm deep x 5 cm high)
Capacity: 1 cup (250 ml)
Weight: 6.1 oz (173 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.
Before the first use of Iga-yaki bowl or plate, especially white kohiki kind, we suggest soaking it in water for 30 – 60 minutes. The pottery will absorb water and make it harder to develop blemish.
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.
Usually ships out in-stock items within 3 business days of order.
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Usually ship out in-stock within 5 business days of order.
We use USPS Priority Mail International for international shipping.
We do not accept any returns for international orders. Any additional charges (including but not limited to import tax, custom fees, VAT, brokerage charge) that might incur after the order lands in the destination country must be borne by the recipient.