Limited

IGA HAIYU Yunomi (handcrafted Teacup: 230ml)

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

Handcrafted Teacup: 230ml (7.78fl oz), diameter: 3.54inches (9cm) height: 3.74inches (9.5cm)
Traditional Iga Yaki (Iga pottery)
Made by Manabu Atarashi

IGA HAIYU Yunomi have a modern and sophisticated atmosphere, which is created by the traditional technique known as Iga Yaki. The form and glaze look strong and rough, yet when you look more closely, you will notice all the delicate details and become infatuated with the beauty of this Yunomi.

This Yunomi is made in Iga city in Mie prefecture. Iga Yaki started around the 12th century in Japan. This type of ceramic is known for its excellent resistance to heat, and because of this, it is a popular choice for Japanese clay pot cooking and tableware. It is characterized by the vitreous glaze called BEEDORO, which is produced by firing at high temperatures, and the rustic and strong texture. Iga Yaki is said to be very similar to Shigaraki Yaki, but it is heavier and harder.

The artisan Manabu Atarashi forms this Yunomi strongly and carefully. The slightly flared and waved rim fits the mouth perfectly when drinking tea, and also engenders a unique atmosphere. The trace on the hip of this Yunomi is known as ROKUROME, which is left by the artisan’s fingers or a paddle, when the pieces are formed on the pottery wheel. The shape of this ROKUROME is waved and it adds accent to the cup. Each aspect of this Yunomi has been carefully created by Manabu Atarashi.

He shaves the KOHDAI base and the inside of this Yunomi, strongly, boldly and meticulously. The form is uneven, yet in perfect balance, which evokes elegance. Burst feldspars look pebbly and shiny, accenting the rough and natural surface texture.

HAIYU means ash glaze in Japanese. This HAIYU ash glaze produces an elegant pale green color as shown in the pictures. The brown and reddish color like fire is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese. The ash glaze and HIIRO are the main features of this Yunomi. The beautiful gradation of matte white gray and green color is created during firing.

You’ll find BEEDORO glaze inside of this Yunomi. The BEEDORO glaze is thick at the ROKUROME and it looks like a vitreous light green line. BEEDORO glaze accumulates at the bottom of the inside and it is bluish dark green. This sparkly vitreous bluish dark green has a charm that is quite fascinating. Asymmetric ROKUROME changes the flow and color density of the glaze and gives a deeper impression of IGA YAKI HAIYU Yunomi.

The beauty of the asymmetric form will fascinate you. The outside, especially the lower portion, is rough, yet the inside has a gentle atmosphere. The contrast between the strong red color, and the soft white and green colors, is striking and very unique. This Yunomi evoke a range of different characters and atmospheres.

Considering the artisan's effort, techniques, and sophisticated design, this Yunomi is worth much more than the price, which is surprisingly reasonable. Once you hold this Yunomi in your hands, you can see and feel all the elaborate details of the artisan's work. This Yunomi will bring tranquility and joy to your tea time and certainly expand 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.)

Price

US$61.00

Quantity

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

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Manabu Atarashi

Manabu Atarashi was born in 1973. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters in KANSAI University in 1995. He started to study under his father Kanji Atarashi from 1999. He established a new ANAGAMA and also held a solo exhibition for the first time in 2002. Since 2003, he has been exhibiting all over Japan. In 2011, he established a new type of kiln and received an award at the 6th Gendaichatouten in 2013.
He mainly creates his works using a wood-fired kiln. He has a high traditional skill of forming pottery and scorched surface coloring, yet he also creates modern and sophisticated works. Every year, he holds an exhibition and his works are highly acclaimed.

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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