Bonhomie / Arita 2016/ / 2016 / Product
An especially impressive production technique, unique to Arita, inspired us for the Bonhomie tea set collection.
The Kouemon pottery is able to mass-produce vessels which are very thick on the bottom yet have a fine, thin edge. This
process requires great skill, a long firing time and special clay. Attempting it would normally result in cracked and broken
pieces. Almost every bowl in traditional Japanese tableware has a foot. So this common element was retained in the collection,
giving the tea set both identity and visual coherence and stability. We further studied the typologies of cups and dishes used
in daily life in both Asian and European food culture to find the right balance between shape and proportion, capacity
and handling. The traditional glaze colours found in traditional Japanese porcelain; dark blue, brick red and celadon green
were reappropriated and used in a fresh manner.
Bonhomie Tea pot
Bonhomie Sugar bowls
Bonhomie Dessert Plates
Bonhomie Cake plates