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The "Black and White Tableware Series," crafted by Sori Yanagi in 1982, features a square vessel with softened, rounded edges designed for daily use. Its timeless simplicity ensures it never grows old. At its launch, the prevalent method for mass-producing ceramic tableware involved the use of automatic roller jiggering machines. When Ceramic Japan acquired the license to produce Yanagi's ceramics it employed pressure casting and slip casting, to avoid the common inconsistencies of the original mass production. This approach enabled the realization of the series' distinctive square shape. The series is finished with a matte glaze in black and white, complementing its gentle contours.

Industrial designer. He was the eldest son of Soetsu Yanagi, who started the folk craft movement. He graduated from the Department of Western Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1940. After the war, he began researching industrial design and won a gold medal at the 11th Milan Triennale for his exhibit, which included the “Butterfly Stool.” The “Butterfly Stool” is also in the permanent collection of MoMA (New York Museum of Modern Art). From 1977, he became director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, which was founded by his father. In 2002, he was honored as a Person of Cultural Merit, and until his later years he continued to design numerous items including furniture, kitchenware, and tableware.

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