Limited

SHINO TOKUSA (handcrafted Teacup: 175ml)

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

Handcrafted Multi-cup: 175ml (6.16fl oz), diameter: 3.34inches (8.5cm) height: 3.74inches (9.5cm)
Traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Yoshinobu Kawashima in Kohzoh Kiln

At first glance, this teacup looks like a simple cup which has many vertical lines, but it is quite an elaborate work. On the cream-colored surface, pink and blue lines span from the outer vase to the inner rim. The stamp marks are decorated by hand, and the entire piece is coated in transparent glaze. The lines and stamps are well harmonized on this teacup.

SHINO of this name refers to the place where this teacup originated, and TOKUSA means the vertical pattern which represents good fortune in regard to wealth. Earthenware in this place was developed 400 years ago, and its technique, especially the glazing technique is superb. The color is strong white, and the thick glaze and KANNYU cracked surface creates the WABI SABI atmosphere.

Simple yet impressive stamps are inlayed uniformly around the outside of the Yunomi. This technique is called INKA in Japanese. In order to emphasize the stamp lines, the artisan Yoshinobu Kawashima devotes a great deal of time and care. Two different types of stamps are marked vertically between two colors, and fired in the kiln. Black glaze is coated only on the marks, and then wiped away in order to leave the ink only on the indentations. This elaborate work creates the vivid and strong accent of INKA stamps, and contrasts well with the creamy glaze.

KANNYU, a type of glaze and technique which gives the appearance of a cracked surface, finely appear over the whole surface of the white glaze color. KANNYU deepens the WABI SABI atmosphere over time.

Many of the processes used by the artisan to create this teacup require much time and effort. The techniques of glazing, INKA stamping, and KANNYU are all merged into one graceful teacup. To consider the quality of this work, it is available at a reasonable price. We are sure that you will enjoy drinking Japanese tea in this elaborate cup.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)

Price

US$51.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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Yoshinobu Kawashima

Yoshinobu Kawashima was born in Osaka in 1656. He graduated from technical high school in the pottery and porcelain department in 1978, and worked and learned at two famous kilns in Kyoto for 6 years. At the age of 28, he engaged in pottery making under his father’s kiln, which was founded in 1950, and took over his kiln in 2012. His work has won many awards in Kyoto, such as the best design exhibition in 1991.
His work is very famous, especially his painting and decoration technique. He also makes good use of earthenware, especially the use of color. His profound and warm tea ware is highly praised.

Directions

- 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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