In 2017, I participated in a 6-month exchange program at the Ceramic University of Arita, Japan. Arita is a small town located on the southern island of Japan, renowned as the birthplace of Japanese porcelain 400 years ago. Since then, the knowledge of porcelain has continually expanded, and the town's entire economy is centered around it. Arita encompasses every stage of the porcelain production process, from the stone quarry and clay manufactures to the product production companies and distribution. The high level of craftsmanship established in Arita is exceptionally unique and increasingly rare in contemporary times. I became captivated by the town's sensitivity to materials and the obsession for perfection.
During the program, I gained insights into porcelain production techniques, both industrial and traditional. I visited factories and engaged with local craftsmen, translating this acquired knowledge into a collection of tableware.
For this project, I delved into researching traditional Japanese tableware and eating culture. What intrigued me was the consistent use of dishes placed on a foot, creating the illusion of them floating on the table, almost as if presented on a platform. The goal was to reinterpret the traditional shapes of Japanese tableware in a contemporary way, while showcasing the pure white color of Arita porcelain. The pieces have a transparent glossy glaze, with the exterior sandblasted to achieve a matte textured effect.