Small Chakra Plate

Monohanako

Monohanako Chakra Plate by Hanako Nakazato of Monohanako Made in Maine USA Porcelain White and Peppermint Glaze
  • Monohanako Chakra Plate by Hanako Nakazato of Monohanako Made in Maine USA Porcelain White and Peppermint Glaze
  • Monohanako Chakra Plate by Hanako Nakazato of Monohanako Made in Maine USA Porcelain White and Peppermint Glaze
  • Monohanako Chakra Plate by Hanako Nakazato of Monohanako Made in Maine USA Porcelain White and Peppermint Glaze
  • $20.00

This small porcelain plate has been handmade into the design of a chakra. Reminding its audience to stay centered, it can serve as a small plate in food presentation, a useful catchall for little treasures, or for whatever your spirit may imagine.

The white glaze has strength and luster, which reminds the artist of an almost enamel-like finish. The peppermint glaze has dimension, allowing a subtle crackle design to become a feature for this glass-like plate.

Japanese table settings are often a mixture of porcelain, stoneware, glass, and wood. The distinct character of each glaze chosen for the plates in this series reveals the influence of the artist’s upbringing on the diversity of her work.

- Measures approximately 4.5" x .75"
- Chakra energy, cut edge, raised profile
- White or Peppermint glaze
- Wash by hand

Like all of Monohanako’s work, this piece is delicate. Its fragility requires the beholder to be present in the moment, even when washing a dish after use. Placing a soft liner between each piece when stacking multiple is worth the moment of gentle pause. How clever to use a handmade work of art to remind of this ideal.

Hanako Nakazato is a 14th generation potter from Japan. Her technique and philosophy are rooted in the ceramic traditions of Karatsumono, but working and living in the West have influenced the shapes and surfaces of her work.  

Dividing her time between her studios in and Union, Maine and Kyushu, Japan, Hanako creates exquisite yet simple forms that balance beauty and functionality.

The pristine landscapes and dramatic seasonal changes of Maine have clearly inspired the colors and textures in Hanako’s work in the years she has spent here. She translates the color of the sky to the glaze of a cup and the speckles of a bird’s egg to the surface of a bowl.

Even while the colors and textures stimulate the imagination, Monohanako pieces maintain a simplicity and purity of form that leaves room for whatever the vessel might hold. Hanako believes that her pottery is “finished” or made complete through use.

From the Artist: “Every day is different. Just like you change what you wear based on different seasons, occasions and your mood, I hope you enjoy the changes in everyday life through how you use pottery.”

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