'night parade of kitchen yōkai' serving/ display platter
In Japanese folklore all things have a spirit (or a god residing within them), including such items as household tools and objects. In literature and illustrated books there are examples of Yōkai (a supernatural monster or spirit/妖怪) which have been transformed from everyday items into mischievous characters once they reach 100 years in age. But in addition, an object that has been tossed aside or remained unused without the proper thanks can also become animated into taking revenge. Tools and household items such as these are known as 'tsukumogami' (god of tools).
In 2018 I told the tale of twelve everyday items in a series of prints, and now am beginning to expand on these stories in porcelain. Night parades are when supernatural beings and yōkai take to the streets when everyone is asleep and you would do well to stay tucked up in your bed when these are taking place. In this particular parade, some familiar kitchen pieces have decided to throw a party in your kitchen. The espresso maker has never been cleaned properly, the teapot drips, the tea strainer has not been used in a while as his owner has been using tea bags. They are joined by a cheeky matcha tea container, a broken bowl and a forgotten cup.
Made from a rolled slab of porcelain, laid gently into a slump mould and trimmed. Brushed with blue porcelain slip (liquid clay) then freehand carved and scratched (sgraffito technique) to reveal the design and fired in an electric kiln. Coated in a clear glossy glaze, and then fired again to 1260 degrees. Food safe. Hand washing is recommended. Bottom carved design of 'yōkai pots' with a reaching hand and my 'nakamura' signature.
A handmade, non uniform piece - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully and that you are happy with the piece before purchasing. Please note - Large platters are sent by courier due to size and weight.
30cm / 12 inches wide