TOBI Onta Sauce Plate
This Japanese sauce plate has an impressive engraved pattern. Its geometric pattern gives this traditional piece a touch of modern feel. Not only as a sauce plate, it is also versatile to serve cheese, nuts, condiments, and other small food.
Or you may put a small portion of food or relishes in, place it on a larger plate or into a bento box for a more stylish and sophisticated food presentation.
To make this pattern, it is necessary to put a plate on the potter's wheel and turn it, while applying a simple tool called a "Kanna" to the surface of the plate to carve a continuous pattern.
Onta ware preserves a very old-fashioned way to convey the making of pottery of ancient times to the present day.
The characteristic of Onta ware is that most of the production process retains its appearance at the time of opening the kiln about 300 years ago. The artisan skill has only been handed down from the father to his sons since then.
Also, they use an old wooden clay making device that crushes the raw soil using the water flow of the river. In Japan, it is currently used only in Onta ware production area, which is a remote mountain village in Hita City, Oita Prefecture.
See more items from our Onta ware collection to check out different sizes and patterns.
- Quantity: 1
- Dimension: D12cm(4.7in) x H4cm(1.5in)
- Material: Pottery - Onta ware
- Origin: Made in Japan
About Onta & Koishiwara ware
The history of Onta ware began about 300 years ago. In the quiet village of Hita City in Oita Prefecture, Japan, the tradition has continued uninterrupted.
It is made of a sturdy red clay base and decorated with earthy colors using decorative clay and glaze.
It looks thick and heavy but when you actually hold it, it is not so heavy. The clay used is reddish and rich in iron. The various shapes and patterns expressed by the glaze give the pottery a simple and warm feeling.
The reason why Onta ware is said to be one of the most valuable pottery in Japan is that it is made by hand, not by machine, and with the help of nature, which has remained almost unchanged since 300 years ago. While other pottery producing regions have been mechanizing their production, here all processes are done by hand by the entire family.
Koishiwara ware has a history of about 350 years, and is pottery made in the Koishiwara area of Azuma Village, Asakura County, Fukuoka Prefecture.It has a simple, chunky clay texture and is easy to use from a practical standpoint. Lately, it has been gaining popularity for its well-designed white vessels and modern patterns.