- Made by 1616 / arita japan (Arita, Japan)
- Handmade porcelain mug
- Microwave & dishwasher safe
- Dimensions: Ø72 × H85 mm / 260ml
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by Scholten & Baijings
Based on extensive research on Arita ceramics and an analysis of historical local masterpieces, Scholten & Baijings created a series named Colour Porcelain. Typical Japanese colours, such as aquarelle-blue, light green, red-orange and ochre, are recontextualised and applied in new combinations on a set of contemporary, highly functional tableware that in its entirety still reflect the typical Arita colour spectrum.
Layered colour compositions are carried out in various textures and shades of glaze and are combined with the natural white of the porcelain itself. Made with a delicate sense for local crafts and industry, Colour Porcelain shows an original European perspective on Japanese tradition. the classic chalk-white porcelain and a raw, natural gray. The set is part glazed, part unglazed.
The designers Stefan Scholten (1972) and Carole Baijings (1973) move fluidly between the disciplines of art and design, and artisanal and industrial processes, to create a visually arresting collection of work which has strong references to the past yet is overtly of the current moment. The design duo established Scholten & Baijings, Studio for Design, in 2000. They continue to combine minimal forms and balanced use of colour with traditional craft techniques and industrial production in a distinctive, almost un-Dutch design style. The finesse, entrancing colours and subtle use of materials in their work have earned them considerable admiration in the international design world. Their work, both independent and commissioned, is collected and exhibited worldwide.
After a successful collaboration of 19 years designers Carole Baijings and Stefan Scholten have decided to explore new artistic challenges individually. Both will work under their own moniker. The existing portfolio of Studio Scholten & Baijings will be supervised by Studio Stefan Scholten.
1616 / arita japan
Aritayaki, a kind of Japanese pottery, finds its roots in the ancient ceramics town of Arita located on Kyushu Island in southern Japan. It was in this town in the year 1616 that the Koreans first introduced the art of pottery to Japan. Today, Arita still produces ceramics made by local craftsmen using the distinctive ingredient of clay made from crushed stone. Inspired by the profound experience and skills of local Arita craftsmen, designer and creative director Teruhiro Yanagihara developed a new ceramics brand for the Momota–Touen Corporation.
Named after its origins, 1616 / arita japan products are produced in the same factories as the original Arita pottery but take a different design approach. 1616 / arita japan stands for contemporary products that can be used everyday, though made with the extraordinary workmanship, thinness and strength of original Arita-ware.
Teruhiro Yanagihara, the creative director of 1616 / arita japan, designed the Standard series and then invited Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings to develop their another line: Colour Porcelain. Both contributions throw new light on Japanese tradition, mixing Asian craftsmanship with European culture. While Teruhiro Yanagihara experiments with the clay and the usage of the pottery, Scholten & Baijings emphasize the dialogue between applied art and everyday use by means of colour and form.