Mortars are useful tools for grinding ingredients such as sesame. It can be used as a bowl and dish too. We have handcrafted mortars with beautiful ridges made by Yamase ceramics.
Yamase ceramics is a mortar maker in Tokoname city, Aichi. They have been producing variety of mortars for over 70 years. By baking with high temperature, their mortar has high durability.
【Functional design “Kushime”】
The interior of Japanese mortar is carved with ridges called “kushime”, meaning comb pattern. Yamase ceramics makes the kushime by hand carving which enables to make sharp ridges and smoothly grind the ingredients. The interior of the mortar is enamel coated to prevent the smell of ingredients. The mortar is baked by high temperature to enhance durability. It can be used as a salad bowl by making dressing and mixing vegetables inside the mortar.
We carry 2 types of design, basic brown and rim-lined white mortar. This rim-lined mortar has no spout and the simple design would fit any kind of tabletop. Unlike the brown mortar, which is stacked in the kiln, this rim-lined mortar is baked one by one and there would be no spots seen in the interior.