Hozan Kiln Botamochi Bizen Ware Half-Round Plate

USD $58

The Hozan Kiln Half Round Plate is symbolic of the earthy texture and color of Bizen ware. 

The word "botamochi" used in the name of the product is the name of a round-shaped  Japanese confectionary and is also the name of one of the classic patterns on Bizen ware pieces.

This pattern is created by inserting round pieces of refractory clay between each plate before being fired in the kiln. After firing at a high temperature, distinctive round shapes in various colors from red to brown are made on the spots that were covered. Each plate has a slightly different round pattern and different color which makes each piece a unique work of art. 

The plate is thick and sturdy with differing textures on the left side and the right. The plate goes especially well with sushi and sashimi as it enhances the freshness of the seafood. You can also use it to plate Japanese sweets for a relaxing tea time with Japanese tea.  

Hozan Kiln is a long-established Bizen pottery kiln located in Imbe, Bizen City, the hometown of Bizen Ware. For Bizen Ware, there were six families that had been under the protection of the shogunate (government) since the 17th century. Hozan Kiln is known as one of them and continues to this day as the legitimate successor of Bizen Ware.


  • Dimension: 26.2cm(10.3in) x 16.6cm(6.5in) x H1.5cm(0.6in)
  • Material: Stoneware 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Bizen Ware
  • Brand: Hozan Kiln

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Hozan Kiln is a long-established Bizen Ware kiln located in Ibe, Bizen City, the hometown of Bizen ware, and is directly descended from the Six family of Bizen ware potters. It has produced many masterpieces of tea ceremony utensils, sake cups, and works of art since long ago. The fan-shaped ceramic stamp (brand mark) used today at the kiln is known to have been stamped on a large jar from the 16th century.

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About BIZAN ware
"The Art of the Clay and Fire"

Bizen Ware is a traditional stoneware produced in the Ibe area of Okayama Prefecture. It is one of the oldest ceramics in Japan, and is made using the “Yakishime" technique, in which pieces are fired at high temperatures without glaze to make them durable and water-resistant.

Bizen Ware is called "the art of clay and fire" for the exquisite colors and patterns produced by the kiln's flames, and is characterized by its minimalist, "wabi-sabi" design.