HOUSE INDUSTRIES & HASAMI
HASAMI x SHUNTARO TAKEUCHI
HASAMI x KUTANI CHOEMON - RELAX FueFuki
NAGASAKI MINGEI CRAFTS
HASAMI CERAMIC FLOWER POT
An essential oil diffuser for aromatherapy in the shape of an incense burner. The letter ‚ÄúS‚ÄĚ adorns the body in recognition of seiji celadon‚Äôs long history. The carp on the lid is made of porous porcelain to better absorb the oil. This diffuser is easy to clean; simply soak in hot water and it‚Äôs ready for a new scent. The diffuser is ready to use as is, but its plaster surface can easily be peeled off by soaking it in hot water (45¬įC / 113¬įF) for 5 minutes. The inside is finished with a dull iron luster that turns gold when scrubbed with a brass brush.
The Seiji Collection gets its name from the Seiji era, a period between 1630-1650 when the Hasami region of Nagasaki produced most of Japan‚Äôs celadon seiji porcelain, to meet the demands of the wealthy samurai class. Intricately fashioned with both hand-carved and hand-painted seals, the pieces were treasured among feudal lords, government officials, and Buddhist priests, employed in tea ceremony and cherished for their ornamental value. This collection harkens back to that golden age of celadon with a porcelain lineup reminiscent of Seiji-era tearoom decor. A colored enamel surface is given to each piece using an overglaze technique in homage to the hues of the early Edo-period Mitsunomata porcelain that can be found in the ceramic trash pits of Hasami‚Äôs chambered climbing kilns. The ceramic strata that surround the kilns are what local ceramic artists call monohara‚Äč. Gypsum facades peel away to reveal smooth, pewter surfaces, making every item in the Seiji Collection feel like an ancient archaeological find.