4 December 2015
Story about Susumu Jo’s earthenware pot
KOHORO Futakotamagawa held Susumu Jo’s exhibition last month. Jo’s works are available at Envelope now. Jo has made many earthenware pots for the coming winter season. On the 2nd day of the exhibition, cooking specialist Emi Suzuki cooked rice using Jo’s pot.
About Susumu Jo
Susumu Jo makes pottery in Iga city, Mie prefecture.
KOHORO has been carrying his works for many years.
His Tetsue (pottery painted with a ferrous pigment) series has been loved by many of our customers.
He made many different shapes of pots for the exhibition.
Besides these, many of his signature works such as Tetsue and Kohiki (powder spray looking) dishes and bowls are also available at our store.
Emi Suzuki uses Jo’s earthenware pot to cook rice.
On the second day of the exhibition, cooking specialist Emi Suzuki used Mr. Jo’s earthenware pot to cook rice.
Unlike an electric rice cooker, in an earthenware pot, rice and water circulate by convection.
You can enjoy the sounds and smells of cooking with this traditional Japanese cooking tool.
This type of pot is perfect for slow cooking dishes such as stew or jam.
Ms. Suzuki always uses an earthenware pot for jam making.
Jo makes tableware and Suzuki uses them.
We learned a lot from the conversation between Mr. Jo and Ms. Suzuki.
Suzuki “Can I put your earthenware pot over a high flame?”
Jo “Yes, no problem!”
Suzuki “Are earthenware pots baked at a higher temperature than dishes and bowls?”
Jo “No. Pots are baked at a lower temperature because if they are baked at a high temperature, when the surface touches flame, the pot expands and is easily broken.”
Suzuki “When I talk with you, there are many moments where I think “Oh, I see!”
Now, the rice is done!
After steaming the rice in the ohitsu,
Ms. Suzuki starts making rice balls.
Don’t waste the rice stuck to the pot!
Ms. Suzuki suggests making porridge with soup stock and eggs.
Characteristics of Jo’s earthenware pot
Mr. Jo’s earthenware pots do not require pretreatment and are ready to be used immediately.
His versatile pots are oven and microwave-safe.
(*Tetsue lids are NOT oven and microwave-safe.)
We are sure that you will find something you like from within the variety of Mr. Jo’s works ranging from earthenware pots to casseroles and bowls, items that are perfect for hot winter dishes.