Handcrafted Multi-cup: 180ml (6.34fl oz), diameter: 3.94inches (10cm) height: 2.83inches (7.5cm)
Made by Hozan Tanii
This is a multi-use cup suitable for use as a tea cup as well as a matcha bowl. It has been one of Mr. Tanii's best selling items for more than 30 years.
The white color is brought not by glaze, but by clay, which is very rare. Mr. Tanii discovered this rare white clay while exploring in the mountains 35 years ago. After experimenting with different techniques for five years, he finally developed this technique which expertly showcases this unusual white clay. A myriad of cracks are created by subtly different ratios of shrinkage between the white soil and basic soil. Finally, the cracked surface is coated with a solid layer of clear glaze.
HYO SETU HAKU is named for these three-layers. The basic clay is portrayed as the earth, the white soil represents snow accumulated on the earth, and the clear glaze represents ice which forms over the snow. HYO SETU HAKU means "three-layers" in Japanese.
The size of this cup has not been changed for 30 years. The size was designed for two-handed use and is suitable for use as both a tea cup and matcha bowl. The form of the mouth to the bottom has been quite slightly changed over time. The "mouth to the bottom" may be translated or perceived as "the origin to the final destination" representing infinity and the universe. Mr. Tanii has tried to symbolically express the notions of infinity and the universe on the surface and curve of the mouth to the bottom of this cup.
Many customers say that it fits very comfortably in their hands, more so than other tea cups or bowls. It may be one of the reasons why he has continued to create HYO SETU HAKU which his customers have loved for more than 30 years.
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.)