This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.
Handcrafted teacup: pair 150ml (5.28fl oz) each, diameter: 3.54inches (9cm) height: 2.36inches (6cm)
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Eiichi Tsuzuki in Touka Kiln
This is a unique teacup, in which the artisan Eiichi Tsuzuki uses his own techniques. ORIBE green glaze creates a noble atmosphere, and the contrast between its glaze and the color of earthenware is well matched. Hexagon or vertical stripe patterns decorated by iron glaze add vivid accent to each teacup. The rugged yet unique shape is well harmonized to the color and design.
ORIBE is a green color glaze used in traditional pottery. The traditional green color glaze, ORIBE green, is named after historical tea master, Oribe Furuta. His designs featured asymmetrical and bold shapes, and he played an important role in tea ceremony culture. Scraped lines create shades of green glaze colors, impressing the profoundness of the Oribe green color. Various green colors are well matched with the vivid white earthenware color.
At first glance, viewers may find the form quite audacious. The sides outside the bottom are boldly scraped away and the slightly asymmetrical shape creates a sense of rhythm or movement. The rough clay brings a bold texture. Some feldspars contained in the rough clay burst during the kiln firing, increasing the dynamic energy of this work.
Finger line called YUBIATO made by the potter's wheel and by fingers not only adds variation to the teacup but also creates the change in green color. The rim is folded back against the outside, which gives this teacup the feeling of volume.
The hexagon or vertical stripe pattern is decorated inside and outside each teacup. The hexagon pattern is called KIKKO, and the vertical stripe pattern is called TOKUSA in Japanese. Both continuous patterns are known to be auspicious motifs. The KIKKO pattern represents longevity, and the TOKUSA pattern represents good fortune in regard to wealth. Each design by iron glaze is fine work, and its decoration inside the cup requires great skill. The black iron color is well harmonized on the white color earthenware.
Would you discover this artisan's skill, consideration, and passion with this teacup? Although the shape seems rough, there is a well-balanced harmony of safety, tension, and rhythm. You will become aware of its elaborate and refined qualities upon first use. The ORIBE teacup brings strength and bold, dynamic energy to your every day.
Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)