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., the brainchild of designers and friends Yuki and Lars, is founded on a mutual love for and sincere desire to help preserve Japanese traditional ceramics. There are only two cup designs — large and small — but copious pottery styles. Deliberately minimalist to draw attention to the color, texture and artisanal complexities, 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.