You may recall, they looked like this...
How joyful, then, to receive an email yesterday informing me that a selection of these unusual ceramics is now on sale in a newish Japanese / Taiwanese shop in the UK.
Native & Co. is based in west London and opened last December. It is run by product designers, Sharon Jo-Yun Hung, originally from Taiwan, and British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green, pictured below. The shop looks like a cross between Labour and Wait, Folklore and Muji – in other words, it's beautiful.
Native & Co sell homewares, kitchenware, household goods such as Japanese brooms and palm table brushes as well as pleasing accessories such as Taiwanese canvas school bags, made the same way since the 1950s, and the style all-round at the shop is pared back, well-crafted and close to nature.
Native & Co. or pop into their Notting Hill shop if you're in the city.
Here are a few more of the nice things they sell.
Bamboo picnic basket, £45
Hammered cutlery, from £7.50
Ayous round tray, £26