Black & Brown Bizen pottery by Mr. Kazuto Ooe

Bizen, which is originally from Okayama prefecture, is one of the oldest forms of pottery in Japan, although Mr. Ooe settled in Kanto region close to Tokyo.

Bizen is often characterized by its masculine appearances with the  unglazed rough surfaces and its rather uneven shapes.

The works by Mr. Ooe, on the other hand, have smooth surfaces with beautiful curves, which gives feminin impression to his works.

The brown Bizen generally has the orange strips on the surfaces, which can be created by the internationally tied straw strings around it before it is cooked at very high temperature in a kiln and the area tied with the straw changes the color to orangish brown like on the photo. This particular type of Bizen is called Hidasuki.

The black colored Bizen, which is called Sangiri,  is created when they are covered with ashes in a kiln and they turn into black color due to the chemical reaction while they are cooked at high temperature.

The black ones are rather hard to make and the patterns of the color can be at random without being able to control intentionally, so they are often more expensive compared to the Hidasuki.

It has been said that Bizen glasses make beer taste better, making it smoother in taste and this statement was recently proved by a study conducted a University in Okayam prefecture.

These are flower vases; flower bud design and a water drop  design. They say flowers last longer with the Bizen vase compared with those made with other materials.
Many of his works are around 3000yen.

We also stock plates and cups with different designs too.
Should you have any queries or if you are interested in purchasing any of them, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by Paypal.
Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama

  • How to visit us in Tokyo?

The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.

If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!

MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062

Tel: 03-3401-0922


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