Suzuri Inkstone Rectangular Platter by Studio Gala

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High quality ink stone is produced in the town of Ogatsu in Miyagi prefecture. Ogatsu slate, essentially suzuri and also called ink stone, is used to make this tableware. Taking advantage of the stone’s natural characteristic in which it breaks thinly along its grain, very unique patterns and a sophisticated quality can be achieved in each piece of tableware.

When Japanese food is served, the feel of the plate as well as the space on the plate is taken into consideration. This plate with its bluish ink black color and unique texture is ideal for cuisines like Japanese where the spacing is an important aspect of the dish. This kind of tableware from its unique surface feel to how it makes the food placed on it shines.

Ogatu-cho in Miyagi Prefecture is known for its quality stone, which has been used to make ink stone since the Muromachi Era (1336-1573). It is a clay slate, called Gensho Stone, formed hundreds of  million years ago and is known for the of its beautiful jet black colour.

Studio Gala's SUZURI Series features tableware made from this Gensho Stone and has been a popular collection.

Each item is carefully handmade by Ogatsu-cho’ s artisans. It is in harmony with modern interior with its own subdued and yet unique presence. 


Size: 18 x 30 x H 0.8 cm


Materials: Gensho stone

Colour: Black


Studio Gala is the brand set up by Ryoichi Kobayashi in 1982. With reference to the materials and techniques of traditional Japanese crafts, Studio Gala seeks to create high quality hand crafted items to go with contemporary everyday living in Japan.