The Unique Ingredient

Sudajii (Japanese Chinquapin - family: Fagaceae, genus: Castanopsis, species: C. cuspidata ) is an evergreen, reaching (25 m) in height; with yellow flowers, native to the mountains of central and southern Japan.

Though straw ash is commonly used in a white-colored glaze, Takeji discovered similar properties using Sudajii leaves to create his own original white-colored glaze.

Sudajii is easily identified by its yellow flowers, and is pictured here in May, in Kanagawa prefecture, home of Ceramics Maru studios in the mountains of Oiso.


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