Roughness and delicacy are the expressive elements of CERAMIC LAB. Developed by working closely with craftsmen in traditional pottery villages of Japan, it is a fresh interpretation of Japanese tableware for the modern lifestyle. Knowledge and skills were inherited to develop the product —from the proportion of clay and glaze, to the sensitive transformations while firing that depend on temperature and humidity.
CERAMIC LAB items have a humble yet dignified presence. Rough texture of the clay peeks out at the bottom under the calm color glazing, and the bottom edges give a sharp impression reminiscent of quarried stone.
The items are made of sandstone unique to Hasami region, mixing sand and rocks with Amakusa porcelain stone mined from Amakusa islands. This porcelain clay ensures durability and deep nuanced expressions are created by the iron in the sandstone reacting with the glaze.
Established by Hideo Koide in 1972, Kinto started out as a wholesaler of tableware in Shiga, Japan. Passionate about tableware, they soon began developing their own products with the goal of bringing comfort and inspiration into the everyday life.
Since 2010, Kinto products have been exported worldwide. They are renowned for striking perfect balance between usability and aesthetics. Their products are designed to be used daily, and human movements such as holding, pouring, and drinking are carefully considered in the design details.
Additionally, Kinto values simplicity & elegance, and as such, their products are designed to integrate harmoniously with the surrounding space.