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[Top Choice!] KAMON Yunomi (handcrafted tea cup: pair)

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Handcrafted tea cup: pair: 110ml (3.87fl oz) each, diameter: 3.54inches (9cm) height: 2.36inches (6cm): 75g (2.65oz) each
Sophisticated Shigaraki-Yaki
Made by Keiichi Kuramoto at Hohzan Kiln

Just at first glance, you may possibly feel that this Yunomi is plain and simple. However, the artist has achieved sophistication without ostentatious garnish. In addition, the thin and lightweight porcelain enhances the good flavor of tea.

Mr. Kuramoto excels at ceramic glazing. Peony flower at the bottom inside is vividly painted with great detail in beautiful blue glaze. The atmosphere is elegant. Controlling brush strokes and shading with the Zaffer glaze are the most important techniques, which enable the print motifs vividly. The name of this Yunomi, KAMON means armorial bearing of flower in Japanese, similar to an ancestral crest, and is an auspicious symbol.

The brush strokes used to create the circles are lacking in uniformity. The starting point is relatively thick and the ending point is thin. This is a traditional Japanese paining technique also used in calligraphy and helps to create expression. In an age where most ceramics are mass-produced by machine in a factory, it is also proof of hand painting.

This Yunomi is very thin and lightweight porcelain, only 75g (2.65oz) each. It is one of the requirements of excellent Japanese porcelain and helps to create a relaxed green moment. The curve from the mouth to the base is quite stunning and beautiful. As you enjoy your green tea, you can gaze at the aspect of the curve. The curve at the mouth and the thinness also fulfill a role to enhance the tea flavor when your mouth touches the Yunomi.

This Yunomi will certainly enable you to enjoy Japanese tea profoundly and a little differently, outside the realm of the ordinary.

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Keiichi Kuramoto

Keiichi Kuramoto is the third generation of Hohzan Kiln. He was born in Kyoto in 1968. He succeeded the Hohzan Kiln after working under the second Kohoh for 14 years. He excels at painting traditional motifs of Kyo-Yaki such as SANSUI landscape, KACHOFUGETSU beauty of nature, and auspicious symbols on porcelain. The delicate and elegant style remains perennial favorites.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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