Made in Gifu Prefecture by a company that began life as a traditional sake-cup maker, the Flower Blue bean bowl is a tiny but perfectly formed piece of Japanese Mino porcelain. Its curved petal edges create a gentle frame for whatever you may choose to place inside, while an ever-so-slightly speckled glaze in dusky cornflower blue brings a warmth to the contemporary minimalism.
Bean bowl, or mamebachi, is the cute name given to tiny bowls of traditional Japanese tableware. Part of the art of Japanese food plating, these dishes are traditionally used to serve pickles, a few pieces of colourful vegetables, sauces or condiments. Today, they are also often used as decorative items — a little bowl to display a piece of jewellery or keepsake.
Mino-yaki, believed to be the oldest form of artistic pottery produced in Japan, dates back to the Nara Period 710-794. Produced in the old Mino Province, in present-day Gifu Prefecture, it became popular for traditional tea ceremony vessels. Today, the styles of Mino-yaki are as varied as they are beautiful — from the warm rustic glazes of hand-thrown traditional Kiso Seto, Black Seto, Shino and Oribe ware to the soft pastels of modern tableware.
Porcelain Please note, these are hand-glazed, so items may differ slightly from the image. Diameter 7.5cm x Height 3.6cm Microwave and dishwasher safe Made in Japan