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Ishizara (Stone Plate) Turnip, Large

It is not clear why this type of plate is called ishizara (stone plate). One theory is that the glaze of the plate was made from powdered felspar, another theory is that the plate was heavy like a stone.

During the late Edo period (1780-1867), ishizara was affordable casual tableware, and popular among urban dwelling commoners. Nowadays this type of plate is rarely made, but sometimes found at antique stores in Japan.

The charm of this plate is also in warm yellow color, called kizeto and a turnip inscription. It’s fun to serve stewed vegetables, as people in the 18th century did. The plate is relatively shallow.

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It is not clear why this type of plate is called ishizara (stone plate). One theory is that the glaze of the plate was made from powdered felspar, another theory is that the plate was heavy like a stone.

During the late Edo period (1780-1867), ishizara was affordable casual tableware, and popular among urban dwelling commoners. Nowadays this type of plate is rarely made, but sometimes found at antique stores in Japan.

The charm of this plate is also in warm yellow color, called kizeto and a turnip inscription. It’s fun to serve stewed vegetables, as people in the 18th century did. The plate is relatively shallow.

The Japanese say that good earthenware “grows.” This means that by use and over time brand new earthenware changes color gradually. This plate thus becomes a legacy you can “grow” and pass down to later generations.

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The same type of plates in small size.

The ishizara is made at Seto Hongyo Gama, a potters’ workshop which has been continuously producing high quality handmade pottery since around 1800. Read more about how pottery is made at Set Hongyo Gama from here.

An ishizara has fine cracking pattern, called kannyu in Japanese. Kannyu is created by different contraction rate of clay and glaze when pottery is cooling down after fired. In Japan, Kannyu is intentionally made as a part of visual pattern, and doesn’t affect the integrity of the pottery’s structure.

 

Diameter: 9-5/8″
Height: 1-1/2″
Weight: 1 lb 10.4 oz ~ 1 lb 13.7 oz (varies individually)

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Weight 42 oz
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 5.5 in

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