Limited

SEKKA SOUKA ZU - SUSUKI NI KIKYOH (handcrafted)

This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.

Handcrafted teacup: 200ml (7.04fl oz), diameter: 3.14inches (8cm) height: 3.54inches (9cm)
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

(Please note: Because this item is made-to-order, it takes approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancel can NOT be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

We, Hibiki-an have collaborated with Zenshoh Yamaoka, who is the leading expert of paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages and acclaimed Kyo Yaki artisan, to release a series of tea cups featuring Sekka collections. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose JYUNIKAGETSU SOUKA ZU. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Sekka Kamisaka, who was born in Kyoto, is an artist and designer in recent and modern times. He is deeply committed to paintings of the RINPA school, and was greatly influenced by the design of Honami Kouetsu and Kohrin Ogata from the RINPA Japanese painting school. The characteristics of his painting are its bold composition and layout. Also, TARASHIKOMI technique, where colors are dripped into not fully dried ink is frequently used. Both techniques originate from the characteristics of RINPA school, so he is considered as the successor of RINPA (For more information, please visit What is RINPA?).

SUSUKI means Japanese pampas grass, which is a symbol of autumn in Japan. KIKYOH means bellflower, which has unique star-shaped petals, and blooms from summer to early autumn. In the elegant scene depicted on this Yunomi, Japanese pampas grass is strongly growing, carefully painted in light brown and yellow glaze. Under the SUSUKI Japanese pampas grass, dark blue and white KIKYOH bellflowers bloom gracefully. Seasonal transition, especially from the end of summer to the beginning of autumn is well expressed on this Yunomi teacup.

One of the key RINPA techniques, called TARASHIKOMI is used on the SUSUKI Japanese pampas grass. TARASHIKOMI is when colors are dripped into not-fully dried ink. The coincidental effect of the blur creates unique and unforeseeable coloring. Different from folding screens and hanging scrolls, it is very difficult to use this technique on ceramic teaware, but its faithful reproduction of Sekka's work expresses the realistic image of SUSUKI. The technically painted trunk with the use of brown and yellow color has a texture close to the appearance of actual Japanese pampas grass.

In contrast to the modest and simple SUSUKI Japanese pampas grass, beautiful blue and white KIKYOH bellflowers are elegantly blooming in all their glory. The leaves are colored in deep green, and the veins are decorated in gold with a refined touch. These strong colors add to the graceful atmosphere of the KIKYOH flowers, colored in dark blue and white. The elegant blossoms evoke the beauty of nature.

The combination of SUSUKI Japanese pampas grass, which turns brown in early autumn, and KIKYOH bellflowers, which bloom in late summer, tell us of the seasonal transition. Both flowers wait patiently for the tranquil autumn season. The elegance of the pampas grass and the tiny bellflowers symbolize the mysteries and vital power of life itself. This teacup will certainly enhance the taste of Japanese green tea.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!

Price

US$118.00

Quantity

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

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Zenshoh Yamaoka

Zenshoh Yamaoka was born in 1942. He worked under Zenjiroh Ueyama for 10 years, and then opened his own Zenshoh kiln in 1969.
His paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages are excellent. It is said his precise drawing techniques are in a class of their own. Indeed, he was officially designated as a traditional craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2002. His sophisticated, exquisite, elegant, and advanced drawing techniques receive high acclaim in the Kyo Yaki pottery industry.

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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