NARA BAIYU NAGASHI Yunomi - pair (handcrafted)

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

Handcrafted Multi-cup: pair: 175ml (6.16fl oz) each, diameter: 2.76inches (7.0cm) height: 4.33inches (11.0cm)
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.

The most impressive feature of this Yunomi is its glaze, especially its flow. NARA BAIYU glaze, which is made from white oak and is one of the representative glazes in Hozan’s kiln, is coated on the upper outside and inside of the teacup. As the glaze flows down during the firing process, the color changes to bright turquoise blue.

The turquoise blue color of this cup is very impressive. It adds a cool impression and is in harmony with the unique form of this cup. Mr. Hozan Tanii carefully checks the temperature in the kiln, and decreases the temperature to stop its flow in order to emphasize the beauty of this cup and create the color contrast. Cracking called KANNYU occurs due to the different levels of shrinkage between the earthenware and glaze. It looks like beautiful glasswork. Each pattern of cracking is so different that each teacup is unique. The irregular cracked lines and light bluish-green glaze color are well reflected on this cup.

Mr. Hozan Tanii carefully considers the design and function of the Yunomi. Normally, glaze is used to coat the inside of a Yunomi teacup, but he chose not to use glaze and instead covered the inside of the cup with a type of clay that absorbs little water. This not only allows us to enjoy the original texture of the clay, but it also improves the flavor of the tea. It is said that green tea brewed with this type of clay becomes mellow due to fine holes in the surface of the cup.

If you look closely inside of this cup, you can see that the upper and lower colors are different. Rice husks are placed inside, and alkaline components in the rice husks cause a chemical reaction during firing, creating the beautiful brown, as seen in the lower part of the inside. This natural brown color is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese. It is considered to be one of the most traditional colors of Shigaraki Yaki.

The shape of the cup is quite distinctive. The center is slightly recessed, the feet are powerfully spread, and the base is boldly scraped away. It is not only a sophisticated design, but also fits perfectly in the hand. If you look closely, there is a diagonal line on the surface of the cup. He made this teacup while imagining a large tree root growing within the earth. You will feel its strength from this Yunomi cup.

Mr. Tanii has said that each piece looks different and has a different personality, much the same as each person on this earth is unique. 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.
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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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.


- 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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