This little platter was designed and made by Japanese potter Shinichi Kotsuji. With an earthy grey glaze and white brush stroke detailing, it's perfect for serving sashimi and sushi on, for holding your hand soap and dish washing detergent in the kitchen or storing your keys at the front door.
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 ceramic goods 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.