Meet the Star of our bean bowl series of mini porcelain dishes. A speckled grey satin finish gives sophistication to this playful design, making it perfect for highlighting a favourite trinket or adding artistic flair to a table setting.
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.
We love that all the Mino-Yaki Bean Bowls are designed by a maker that started out as a traditional porcelain sake-cup producer. Four contemporary designs in subtle muted colours are available to mix and match — a flower, four leaf clover, octagon and this star.
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 6.8 cm x Height 3.8cm Microwave and dishwasher safe Made in Japan