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Object of Desire: Elegant Ceramic Planters from Hasami Porcelain

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Object of Desire: Elegant Ceramic Planters from Hasami Porcelain

April 30, 2018

New from Hasami Porcelain, one of our favorite purveyors of Japanese ceramics: planters in two sizes and three colors, each made in Japan of a mix of porcelain and earth-colored clay.

Hasami has been in business for nearly a decade, under the creative direction of Tortoise General Store founder Takuhiro Shinomoto. The brand launched with a line of plates, cups, and bowls, all free of ornamentation and modularly designed to fit together in different combinations. The new planters are the first Hasami wares not designed for the dinner table, but they’re still meant to fit with the other pieces. (Case in point: The planter’s saucer is actually a dinner plate.)

Photography courtesy of The Primary Essentials.

Above: Hasami planters are available in two sizes and three glazes, and each has a drainage hole at the bottom. The small planter is three inches in diameter and five inches tall, and the glossy gray color shown here is the only glazed version. The Small Gloss Grey Planter is $28 at the Primary Essentials.
Hasami Porcelain is made in Nagasaki prefecture, in a region that has been manufacturing ceramics on a large scale for nearly 400 years.

Above: The Large Gloss Grey Planter is 5.75 inches in diameter and five inches tall; $45.
Designer Takuhiro Shinomoto took inspiration from traditional Japanese lacquered wood nesting boxes (similar to the kind used in bento boxes) when creating the Hasami line and its modular configuration.

Above: Planter “saucers” are sold separately and are actually standard plates from the dinnerware line. The large planters use a Medium 02 Plate ($28) as a saucer, and the small planters use a Lid ($10, designed to be used as a coaster, a tiny plate, or a lid to keep drinks warm) as their saucer.
Above: Hasami wares in black (shown) and natural are unglazed but fired at extremely high temperatures that make them resistant to staining. They have a slightly rough surface but are durable and dishwasher-safe. The Small Planter Black, shown, is $28.
Above: The Large Planter Black is $45.
Above: A Small Natural Planter is $28, and the Large Natural Planter shown at the top of this story is $45.
In addition to The Primary Essentials, Hasami planters are stocked at Tortoise General Store, Kuarto, and Rikumo, which also carries the planters in glossy blue.

Above: The Natural Lid is 3.3 inches in diameter and serves as the saucer for the small planter; $10.
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Product summary  

Hasami Porcelain

Natural Lid

$10.00 USD from The Primary Essentials
Hasami Porcelain

Gloss Grey Lid

$10.00 USD from The Primary Essentials

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