Aritayaki, a kind of Japanese pottery, finds its roots in the ancient ceramics town of Arita located on Kyushu Island in southern Japan. Inspired by the profound experience and skills of local Arita craftsmen, designer and creative director Teruhiro Yanagihara developed a complete new series of ceramics using the traditional technique of clay made of crushed stone. The result is a high-density kind of clay that makes the pottery items extremely strong and heat and stain-resistant, even without glaze. A special agent added to the clay provides the Standard series with a characteristic light grey, mat tone. The series clearly show Yanagihara’s interest in borderless design. 1616 / arita japan stands for contemporary products that can be used everyday, though made with the extraordinary workmanship, thinness and strength of original Arita ware.