Handcrafted teacup: 110ml (3.87fl oz) each, diameter: 3.74inches (9.5cm) height: 2.16inches (5.5cm)
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Shohoh Itoh at Shohoh Kiln
The characteristics of glaze are well described on this teacup. The glossy green color glaze is coated outside the teacup, and the transparent glaze inside the teacup is well contrasted. Continuous spiral patterns inside the rim add accent not only to the teacup but also to the glazing. Graceful glaze is well reflected on the fine shape of this teacup.
AO means blue color, KOHCHI is one of the traditional techniques, and SOGI means scraping off in Japanese. This teacup is vertically scraped, and the green color glaze coats the exterior of the teacup. In ancient Japan, people did not distinguish between the colors of blue and green. Both blue and green were known as AO.
It seems that this teacup is very simple at a glance, but it takes much time and effort. The teacup is elaborately scraped away, and the scraped lines create varying shades of glazing colors. The contrast between strong and light green color is very graceful. Very smooth and glossy surface of KOHCHI technique also adds an indescribable noble and graceful atmosphere.
The glazing method is also one of the focal points of this teacup. Two kinds of glazes are used on this teacup; one is transparent glaze, and another is green color glaze. Transparent glaze coats the inside of the teacup, and its glaze emphasizes the purity of the white color. Mossy green glaze coats the exterior of the teacup, and its contrasting density changes depending on the degree of each vertical curved line. The WABI SABI atmosphere created by the color variation of the glaze and the contrast between white and mossy green color creates supreme elegance.
The shape of the teacup is quite unique. The teacup rim is beautifully flared open. The side of middle to bottom is somewhat slim and the base is shaped small. The sides are vertically scraped away, to create not only a sense of rhythm but also shading of glaze. Continuous spiral patterns inside the rim painted by hand not only add accent to the teacup but also enhance the effects of both glazes.
Refined and elaborate techniques create this simple yet graceful teacup. The beauty and WABI SABI atmosphere will enrich your green tea moment.
Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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