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Design Oji Masanori
Made in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan
Dimensions ø 140 x H 57mm
Colour & Materiality Ceramic
Meshi-wan rice bowl by Oji Masanori. Beautifully curved, classic white porcelain rice bowls with a "fuchi-sabi" rim.
Jicon is a porcelain brand originally launched by Touetsugama kiln together with Oji Masanori. The brand name means "porcelain (Ji) in modern times (Con)." In Buddhist terms, Jicon means "seize the day.” The Touetsugama kiln originated in Mikawachi of Sasebo City in Nagasaki Prefecture, as a house kiln under the patronage of the Hirado clan. The kiln was redeployed to Arita in Saga prefecture by Imamura Shikao XII for its expansion and is currently succeeded by Imamura Kenichi XIV.
Oji Masanori is a Japanese designer with a special interest in the objects of everyday life—his design process involves careful consideration of the lives of its users and the manufacturing process by which it’s created. Professionally trained in calligraphy and architecture, he founded his studio in 2004 after working for several years as an architect and graphic designer. His work is strongly influenced by Japan’s rich history of craft while looking to the future of industry.