IROE MARUMON SANSUI - pair (handcrafted Teacup)

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

Handcrafted teacup: pair: 200ml (7.04fl oz) each, diameter: 2.95inches (7.5cm) height: 3.54inches (9cm)
Extremely traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Shoami Takano at Shoami Kiln

This is an exquisite porcelain Yunomi, which is extremely traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto pottery and porcelain), featuring a highly decorative style requiring a level of expertise found only among the most skilled artisans. The painted pattern is auspicious according to Kyo Yaki tradition, and thus this Yunomi is suitable both for personal use and as a gift for a special occasion.

IROE of this name means colored paint, MARUMON means round pattern, and SANSUI means landscape. As its name suggests, an auspicious pattern and landscape are drawn on this Yunomi teacup.

On this cup, the landscape extends around the entire upper body, creating the effect of an illustrated hand scroll. Each element of the landscape, including the mountain, woods, and house, is skillfully rendered with a subtle, refined touch. The shading technique uses only a single color, which is used to create rich details, tonal variation, and the appearance of depth.

Many kinds of patterns, painted on aspects of the middle to the base on the outside, are all traditional auspicious patterns, KIKKOH GARA, OHGI GARA, HISHI GARA, HISHI KOHSHI GARA, and so on. For example, KIKKOH GARA means turtle shell, which symbolizes longevity in Japan. The SOHKA GARA flowers are vividly painted on the outside rim. Traditional waffle pattern called KOHSHI GARA is painted in zaffer glaze on the inside rim. The contrast among patterns is visually appealing.

All patterns are quite complex and extremely patiently painted. Intensely precise detail and complexity are fundamental elements of highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain. It is the reason why viewers can't help but pay rapt attention to Kyo Yaki while losing track of time.

Blue glaze inside the teacup is also well reflected on the white porcelain. Even skilled artisans have difficulty painting inside the teacup, but the geometric traditional pattern on this teacup is decorated with a refined touch.

The teacup is elaborately scraped away, and the scraped parts create varying shades of glazing colors. Evenly scraped lines, which fit into the hands comfortably, create a graceful atmosphere. It is very difficult to scrape into the porcelain, and a highly skilled technique is required for this process.

Each traditional pattern and design is decorated elaborately and skillfully. The prominent painting technique of traditional patterns evokes the essence of Kyo Yaki teaware, and the delicate beauty of the landscape, plants, and animals feels as if we are surrounded by its scenery.

In Japan, highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain such as this is purchased with the intent that it will be passed down from generation to generation. This Yunomi is the quintessential traditional highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain, an ideal to which others aspire. To consider the quality of this work, it is quite a reasonable price.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.




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About the artist Shoami Takano

1941: Born in Kyoto.
1967 to 1992: Apprenticed until master craftsman Shoami for 25 years.
1992: Succeeded the Shoami and took over his kiln and name.
He is well-known for his porcelain in a wide range of table ware, including fine tea ware.
His techniques of underglaze in cobalt blue and printing, and his sophisticated forming technique are highly regarded even in the Kyo-Yaki industry, known for its outstanding technology and sophisticated art.


- 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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