IROE OBI SHIPPOH (handcrafted Teacup: 125ml)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

Handcrafted teacup: 125ml (4.40fl oz), diameter: 3.15inches (8.0cm) height: 2.76inches (7.0cm) Extremely traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style) Made by Shoami Takano at Shoami Kiln

This is an exquisite porcelain Yunomi, which is extremely traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto pottery and porcelain), featuring a highly decorative style requiring a level of expertise found only among the most skilled artisans. This is a porcelain Yunomi painted in a beautiful combination of zaffer glaze and vivid red glaze. The painted pattern is auspicious according to Kyo Yaki tradition, and thus is suitable both for personal use or as a gift for a special occasion.

Linear patterns are vertically carved modestly from middle to base on the side. A rounded elevation wraps horizontally around the middle outside. It was created by a skilled technique requiring the artisan to painstakingly carve away everything except this elevated area. During the process, the Yunomi starts out quite thick and is carved to thin. It is deliberate work requiring much time, effort and mature technique.

IROE of this name means colored paint, OBI means border, and SHIPPOH means "seven treasures" which is a traditional Japanese auspicious pattern.

SHIPPOH GARA is the pattern painted on the outside and inside rim. Four quarters of a circle are crossed and connected with each other like a net to make a SHIPPOH pattern. It looks like rope used for ritual ceremony in Japan to remove negative energy. So, the pattern is called SHIPPOH which is regarded as auspicious. The pattern is vividly painted on the outside rim, and painted in zaffer glaze on the inside rim.

Eight auspicious patterns, and four SANSUI traditional landscape paintings are painted on twelve aspects on middle to base on side. The auspicious patterns are KIKKOH GARA, HISHI GARA, KOHISHI GARA, SEIKAIHA and so on. For example, KIKKOH GARA means turtle shell, which symbolizes longevity in Japan. SANSUI traditional landscapes are painted mountains, lakes, trees, dwellings, a small Japanese boat, and so on gracefully. The contrast among patterns is visually appealing.

All patterns are quite complex and extremely patiently painted. Intensely precise detail and complexity are fundamental elements of highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain. It is the reason why viewers can't help but pay rapt attention to Kyo Yaki while losing track of time.

In Japan, highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain such as this is purchased with the intent that it will be passed down from generation to generation. This Yunomi is the quintessential traditional highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain, an ideal to which others aspire.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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About the artist Shoami Takano

1941: Born in Kyoto.
1967 to 1992: Apprenticed until master craftsman Shoami for 25 years.
1992: Succeeded the Shoami and took over his kiln and name.
He is well-known for his porcelain in a wide range of table ware, including fine tea ware.
His techniques of underglaze in cobalt blue and printing, and his sophisticated forming technique are highly regarded even in the Kyo-Yaki industry, known for its outstanding technology and sophisticated art.


- 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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