This little gem is all the craze in our household and for good reason! Not only is the piece filled with layers of detail and vibrant colors but it also originates from Tajimi, Japan. Now, if you've never heard of Tajimi or what this little cozy town is known for - not to fret, we've got you covered!
Tajimi - (多治見市 Tajimi-shi) is a city located in Gifu, Japan. This city is famous for the handcrafted ceramics referred to as Mino ware. And perhaps the most popular styles are the Oribe and Seto - traditional styles of pottery that are glazed with earth tones and resemble what you would find at your local farmers market.
The most special pieces produced out of Tajimi are featured in their Museum of Modern Ceramic Art. That is where you would find pieces more along the lines of the beautiful bowl we chose to feature. The aim of these ceramics is to tell a story or highlight a notable animal, symbol or pattern.
For our specific bowl, an intricate peacock is featured throughout the outside boarder and on the inside as a focal point. In Japanese culture, peacocks represent an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness. Of course, finding meaning in our collectables and antiques is a common theme behind why we love most of our pieces - but it can also help to relay the story of the item itself.
Although, Japan has a rich history is ceramics, much of this remains unknown to the outside world. However, despite the city's best kept secret - each year there are multiple ceramic festivals held by the locals to increase awareness and celebrate their local art and talent.
For us, the more we learn about Tajimi - the culture, the people, the art - the more in love we fall with all of it. And that's just the thing about the pieces in your home and the item's you choose to be surrounded by - they connect you to a greater world. One that opens far beyond your little four walls. They tell the stories of other cultures, of other countries, of other people - and remaining open and embracing those aspects of the world we live in just makes sense. After all, we're all in this together. You might as well have a gorgeous bowl on your dining room table to remind you of that!