Before the first use
The surface of pottery has fine crackles on the glaze. Pottery is porous like sponge, absorbs oil and food, and gets stained easily. To keep the first look longer, there is a method which is called Medome in Japanese. Medome is to let the pottery soak proteins to close the small holes and crackles.
- Wash the pottery with lukewarm water and dry it thoroughly.
- Dip it into a pot with water, which was used to wash rice (alternatively a few spoonfuls of corn starch, rice flour or wheat flour in water) and let it boil in the pot for 20 min or more with a low heat.
- Leave it until it cools down naturally and wash it with water, then let it dry thoroughly.
Hand wash recommended. Dishwasher use in a longer period may shorten their lifespan. Please avoid the extreme hot or cold condition such as using in an oven or a freezer, which could cause thermal shock and may result in breakage.
No two pieces are exactly alike. Due to the nature of handmade items, slight differences in colors and shapes may occur from the images.
Climatic fluctuations, among other things, can affect kiln temperature during firing, slightly altering glaze melting in colors and textures.
Made from porcelain, products may crack or chip when subjected to a strong impact.
The technique of applying and gilding liquefied gold onto the surface of fired porcelain is called overglaze gold.
As gold is a very soft material, strongly scratching the surface or rubbing with rough cloth may cause it to peel off.
As it may tarnish due to repeated wearing or finger prints, please wipe it gently with a soft cloth.
Crack-like patterning on the surface of glassy glaze is called crazing, and is a form of expression unique to pottery. Therefore cracks on items do not result of quality issues.
As our products are handmade, please enjoy the difference between each item's expressiveness.