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Riso Porcelain Ltd.

有限会社 李荘窯業所

Riso Porcelain was founded by Mr. Shinichi Terauchi who was the great-grandfather of the current president, Mr. Shinji Terauchi. The company was named “Riso Porcelain” because the site of the head office was the dwelling place of Mr. Sanpei Ri who was the founding father of Arita porcelain. Arita is one of the most famous areas of ceramics in Japan. The street where Riso Porcelain is located was called “Tokkuri dori – Sake bottle street” where once there were a lot of porcelain manufacturers producing tableware such as tokkuri, sakazuki and chopstick rest. Although Mr. Shinji Terauchi was devoted to pottery, Arita porcelain did not interest him initially. A chance encounter with a beautiful Imari ware plate (Imari ware is the origin of Arita porcelain) peaked his interest and he started studying the tradition of Arita porcelain. Later he studied Sometsuke of Riso Porcelain thoroughly and he improved on the technique of the wheel throwing and glazing. As a result he was able to create his own technique. Now they are producing a wide range of tableware from the traditional Sometsuke style, to porcelain with a modern style. Riso Porcelain is a small setup but highly capable, the true value and strength of the company. In recent years, they have collaborated with famous restaurants and chefs. Riso Porcelain is always thinking about the relationship between porcelain and food and they constantly challenge themselves to attain higher standards.

李荘窯は、現社長の寺内信二さんの曽祖父・寺内信一さんによって創業された。有田焼の陶祖とされる李参平の住居跡に創業したため、「李荘窯」と名付けられた。有田は日本屈指の陶芸の地。李荘窯のある通りも、かつては「徳利通り」と呼ばれ、徳利や盃、箸置きなどの食にまつわる磁器工房が集まっていた。寺内信二さんは、一度は有田の磁器から離れ、陶器へ傾倒した時期もあったが、有田焼の原点である初期伊万里の皿との出会いにより、改めて有田の伝統を見つめ直したそうだ。その後、李荘窯の「染付」を徹底的に見直し、ろくろの挽き方から釉薬などを1から磨き、自身の技法を習得。創業時から続く少数精鋭の体制を大切にしながらも、有田の伝統である染付から、モダンなデザインの磁器まで、幅広い器の製造を手掛けている。近年は、世界的なレストランやシェフとのコラボレーションを行うなど、食のための磁器とは何かを常に考え、新たな高みに挑み続けている。

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