Limited

HAGI KAKEWAKE KITTACHI Yunomi (handcrafted: 150ml)

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

Handcrafted Multi-cup: 150ml (5.28fl oz), diameter: 2.56inches (6.5cm) height: 3.35inches (8.5cm)
Sophisticated Shigaraki-Yaki
Made by Hozan Tanii

This Yunomi is created by Hozan Tanii, a well-known artist with outstanding skills. In contrast to the fact that all of his works are based on and sustained by various complex traditional techniques, they look sophisticated and modern. His style not only follows tradition but also fuels the spark of imagination, pursuing new heights.

Shigaraki is one of the six major old Japanese kilns. Shigaraki Yaki ware is characterized by its natural, simple style and grace of the combination of the clay and feldspar. Therefore, you can feel the rough texture of the clay itself. In addition to that, this Yunomi is crafted from carefully selected materials passed down from generation to generation. The clay, which is very rare even in the Shigaraki area of Japan, has been used for centuries.

The most impressive feature of this Yunomi is its color contrast. One of the traditional glazes of Shigaraki HAGI glaze, which is a classic glaze in Hozan’s kiln, is coated on the upper half and inside of the teacup. As shown on the photos, two types of HAGI white glaze are used for this Yunomi. One is a shiny white glaze used at the mouth of the cup. The other is a matte and light white color, which is used elsewhere on the Yunomi.

The clay, which contains plentiful iron, is coated to the lower part of this Yunomi. Iron in the soil causes a chemical reaction when fired and produces a unique dark brown color in the kiln. This dark brown adds calm and sophisticated atmosphere to this cup.

The middle line of this teacup has intentionally been left unglazed, therefore you can feel the texture of the clay itself and see the color created by firing in the kiln. This natural brown color is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese. It is considered to be one of the traditional colors of Shigaraki-Yaki. This original scarlet color is created when pure ash is mixed to make the glaze. Mr. Hozan Tanii chose the oak tree from which to make his special ash. This ash component reacts to the iron glaze, and the fiery orange-red color is created. The unique and natural color of the clay adds a simple yet well contrasted accent to the glaze.

KAKEWAKE in the product name means using different colors in Japanese. As its name suggests, Hozan Tanii wonderfully and elegantly uses the above four colors. This Yunomi has quite a beautiful and superb color contrast.

KITTACHI means conical shape in Japanese. This KITTACHI form is simple yet easy to use. It is the typical shape of a traditional Yunomi teacup. And there is the smooth indentation called EKUBO, which means dimple in Japanese, on the lower body. It helps not only to relax viewers but also to fit easily with the thumb when being held.

Mr. Tanii has said that each piece looks different and has a different personality, much the same as each person on this earth is special and unique in their own way. Each piece is infused with emotion. To consider the time and care taken to create, it is set at quite a reasonable price. This will deepen in atmosphere over time. Hozan’s world will certainly enrich your green moment.

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$78.00

Quantity

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

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Hozan Tanii

Hozan Tanii was born in 1953. He graduated from the technical art department at Osaka Art University. And he took over the third generation of Tanikan Kiln in 1983. He is one of only a few artisans who explore the infinite beauty, depth, and range of clay itself, in contrast to the many artisans who explore glaze colors or printing. He has and makes full use of fourteen kinds of kilns and several tens of thousands kinds of glaze in order to bring out the boundlessness possibility of earthen clay. He frequently goes to the mountain in Shigaraki where he lives and collects clay. He has continued to experiment using the clay he finds and tries to bring out the infinite possibility of clay for over 30 years. All of his arts are well-planned and elaborated in various view points, beauty, function, usefulness, and so on. In addition, made from sustainable natural elements, his creations work symbiotically with the earth's ecosystem.

Directions

- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- After use, please dry thoroughly. Otherwise, it could possibly get moldy.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent. In that case, after using the chlorine detergent, we recommend you boil this item in water to remove the chlorine smell.
- Do not wash in a dish washing machine.

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