This speckled bowl was made by potter Shinchi Kotsuji in Iga, Japan. Mr. Kotsuji makes his own clay, as well as builds each piece by hand and glazes them. This bowl is perfect for miso soup and rice. It's even lovely on display.
A couple of years ago we were wandering through the big market at the Kitano-temmangū Shrine, where we came across Mr. Kotsuji's stall. Instantly drawn to his work, we filled our backpack with his work and lugged it back to the hotel. It wasn't until this year that we were cleaning out our shop drawers and found his business card and reached out to him again. We've been working with him to bring his beautiful pieces to Australia since.
Shinichi Kotsuji moved to the prefecture of Mie, as he was drawn to the textured nature of the soil. He set up his workshop in the town of Iga, where he makes his own clay from the soil and builds each piece by hand.