Shigaraki Uzukumaru Jar / Katsunori Sawa

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The Uzukumaru jar is a type of vessel that originally served a utilitarian purpose, used for storing grains or oils. It was later reimagined by tea practitioners as flower vases. The name “Uzukumaru” derives from its appearance, resembling a person crouching or squatting down. It is a distinctive feature of Shigaraki ware. The beauty of Uzukumaru lies in its humble and endearing impression, with a slightly titled double-layered mouth and a bulging body. While the double mouth may be considered a decorative feature in the present time, it is believed that it was initially designed for tying ropes around the neck, allowing people to carry the pot on their back or hang it in the sun to dry.

Katsunori Sawa’s rendition of the jar showcases a beautiful harmony of colors resulting from the firing process. It combines a transparent, glass-like quality with a glossy burnt effect. These captivating scenes are achieved by swiftly pulling the vessel out from the hot kiln and rapidly cooling it. Upon observing the jar as a whole, one may notice a smiling face seemingly painted by the natural ash glaze. This unintentional but delightful surprise gift from the kiln adds to the charm of Sawa’s work. 

  • Area: Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Size: φ190 (longest rim diameter) x H205mm
  • This product comes with its original wooden box.
  • Only available in Singapore.

Artist: Katsunori Sawa

A ceramic artist based in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture. Having studied under renown potter Mr. Goro Suzuki, Mr. Sawa creates works in the style of Oribe and Shigaraki among others using a wood-fired kiln. His works are both powerful and expressive and are always interesting.

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Shigaraki ware

A style of ceramics produced in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture. Fired at high temperatures without glaze, it is characterized by a tactile landscape resulting from its coarse base material and natural ash glaze. One of the six ancient kilns in Japan.

Instructions for use

To use this product safely and comfortably, please follow the instructions below:

    • Wash before first use with water or warm water.
    • Do not use in dishwasher or microwave.
    • Do not use in oven or on open fire.
    • Clean the product with non-abrasive, soft scouring pad.
    • As these are handmade products, each piece will look slightly different.
    • For your own safety, do not use any item that is chipped or cracked.

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