Donburi

Monohanako

The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Donburi Bowl in White with Chocolate Glaze Rim Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Donburi Bowl in White with Chocolate Glaze Rim Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Donburi Bowl in White with Chocolate Glaze Rim Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Donburi Bowl in White with Chocolate Glaze Rim Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Donburi Bowl in White with Chocolate Glaze Rim Handmade in USA
  • $45.00

Donburi is the word for bowl in Japan. The shape of this fluted example has a small yet stable base, which allows for easy handling as you pick it up from beneath. The gesture to do so is reminiscent of giving or receiving alms. It's design is a graceful wonder; strategic yet simple.

Designed for individual use, the aerial perspective of this porcelain bowl is a perfect circle. The lip and handle taper with a graceful and deep curve.

The rim of this vessel is punctuated with a ring of chocolate glaze, which drips with a fluid note of intention. Glaze is not wasted; rather it marks a moment of rest while the bowl was being made. The application spare, minimal, and elegant creating a graphic effect for food presentation.

- Small measures approximately 5.5” diameter x 2.75” tall
- Large measures approximately 6.25” diameter x 3” tall
- White glaze with chocolate glaze rim
- 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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