With a history of more than 400 years, it’s hard to believe that Hasami-yaki originated in Nagasaki Prefecture as the ceramic for the common people. Its cultivation to a pure white base, flawless texture and glossy sheen now makes it the perfect medium for contemporary design.
Japan is famed for its celadon green and blue-and-white Hasami-yaki designs, but Asemi has given the porcelain a range of delicate but stunning contemporary colors that not only complement any tableware, but also highlight the texture of the porcelain itself. Available in pale grey, gentle pink and unusual gradations of sunny yellow and charcoal grey, every cup is smooth and comforting the touch.
Asemi Co., established by designers and longtime friends Yuki and Lars, is the brainchild of a mutual love for — and a sincere desire to help preserve and promote — traditional Japanese ceramics. It’s an unusual idea: There are only two designs — large and small — but copius pottery styles. Deliberately minimalist to draw attention to color, texture and unique artisanal techniques, each cup also has an unglazed section to highlight differences in raw materials. All stackable, no matter the pottery style or cup size, they are not only a delight to behold, but a treasure to hold.