Tableware uniting the creator, the purchaser and the user
What do you imagine when you hear ”nursing tableware” or ”welfare tableware”? A cup or a bowl made out of plastic, or a stainless steel spoon. ”Welfare tableware” are used not only at nursing facilities but also for in-home nursing care and many other locations.
Shapes that can be made using ceramics
The ”porcelain ware by Te Maru” made by Osawa has a small feature that goes unnoticed unless you touch it. It is a ”return” on the inside of the rim. By having a small ”return”, it stops the food when being scooped from the bowl with a spoon. This ”return” is also attached in ceramic ware and wooden ware, but they prefer the more delicate feel of the porcelain ware.
The idea for this shape came from the ”begging bowl” that the monks of the ”Zen” temples carry during religious mendicancy, and the flat and wide bowl with a rim that stands out.
You understand when you feel it
We observed Osawa as he manipulated the wheel.
- Torai, Kazuyoshi Osawa
- Takizawa-mura, Iwate-gun, Iwate Prefecture