[Limited] HANA KIKOH -Iris (handcrafted Multi-cup:180ml) Reviews

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Author Sarah Longo   (United States)
Review I really Love the HANA KIKOH Series! They are beautiful and extremely useful to collect if you drink alot of different Teas and prefer your Tea Ware to be handcrafted but also able to be used for other things besides Tea, and want something that is very high quality but really easy to clean up without any fuss. (I have been spoiled by using only my collection of handcrafted Tea Ware I thank HIBIKI-AN for always offering. I realized this recently when looking at Tea Ware in other places, even being able to see and hold the items in-store... I feel like I'm missing something during my Tea Times if I'm using an obviously mass produced item, it seems to just not be as nice as I KNOW it definitely CAN be!)

These wonderful cups are so nice to use for a variety of things. I have collected a few pairs so each cup is different which makes it very nice when I want to really treat myself, 1, or more guests to a personalized, lovely and calming atmosphere. These are perfect for allowing each person to enjoy Matcha thickness to their own liking, instead of some people being left out because they don't want to use a large bowl together for whatever the reason. I started out only using my first 2 as small Matcha bowls but now I use these for so many different things and it's really fun to pick one that fits your mood as well as what you will be enjoying from the cup whether it's a frozen Shincha Matcha smoothie in Summer or a sweet Kuradashi Matcha Hot Chocolate in Autumn, or even fresh from the Farm apple cider in my Persimmon multi-cup!

I buy them as the pair each Season since the price is better then to purchase separately & I always want both flowers of the Season to add to my collection. I enjoy this Artist's work, he is 1 of my favorite Artists of Tea Ware offered here, and I think the price is a very good deal considering he handmade the actual cup from clay first, scraped away as he saw fit to add effect, then also not only just glazed the cups but took the Time to handpaint a lovely flower with little details added such as sometimes bees/insects, and each cup is accented with gold so the flower feels regal but still modest and natural just as it is in Nature. I think it's really great he paints a bit on the upper inside of each cup, as is done in the larger, regular sized Matcha bowls. It shows he puts an extra effort into these and they are definitely suitable for the best grades of Matcha. I'm glad he consistently paints that extra area on the inside upper area, it pulls the whole look and balance of things together I feel.

This Iris cup I started using alot when it got later in Summer and am still choosing it often, now. I really like the pretty shade of blue on the cup, it is a strong looking blue, a nice color to contemplate when the day is feeling sort of gloomy it is a nice blue to see- it looks regal and strong, and the stems and leaves of this flower are also quite large and strong appearing. I think it worked out well that in my handmade pair the Iris multi-cup was slightly larger than the more delicate and small petaled Sakura flower cup, the cup sizes matched their flowers well. Thanks, HIBIKI-AN :)
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Date October 06, 2013

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