White Hanasaka Bowl

Purpose of The Collaboration

For this collaboration, Hara Kenya—one of Japan’s leading designers—worked with Taniguchi Seidosho to create a bowl that showcases the properties of Hanasaka pottery stone, the key component of Kutani porcelain clay. For Hara, design means “determining the essence of a thing and making it visible.” The collaboration revolved around Hara’s conceptualization of Hanasaka pottery stone and Taniguchi Seidosho’s response to Hara’s ideas and requests. Hanasaka pottery stone has a number of unique qualities. When the clay is harvested using water extraction alone, it retains minerals such as iron. These minerals make the clay difficult to shape and result in light grey ceramics with black flecks. Usually, the clay is processed to adjust for these qualities and create the white porcelain typical of Kutani ware. However, for this collaboration, these natural qualities were retained and emphasized to create a vessel with a unique tone and texture.

Hara Kenya

Born in 1958, Hara currently lives in Tokyo. He is the chief executive designer (CED) of Nippon Design Center Inc. and a professor at Musashino Art University. Interpreting design as universal wisdom accumulated by society, Hara engages in the conception and implementation of a wide variety of communication-based design projects.

Package of Ispahan, PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS, 2014
AD: Hara Kenya
D: Hara Kenya, Misawa Haruka
Pr: Morita Mizuho

Taniguchi Seidosho

Established in 1951. For 70 years, Taniguchi Seidosho has supported local craftwork by producing Kutani porcelain clay made from Hanasaka pottery stone. In recent years, the company has launched an original brand of Kutani ware under the name Hanasaka: Roots of Kutani. The brand highlights craftsmanship and the unique properties of the region’s clay.

Hanasaka Pottery Stone