Twilight Red Coffee Cup (Grande) - Gift Set
It's a versatile cup.
Unglazed pottery is known to enhance the flavors of beer and sake, and it also imparts a smooth taste to teas and coffees.
The pattern on this pottery, created by natural flames, exhibits unique colors and designs on each cup due to the fluctuating temperatures of the fire.
This is a stunning piece of ceramics that transforms in appearance when viewed from different angles.
Size: Diameter 8cm x Height 11.5cm
Artisan: Yoshiko Momoi
Unka-yaki, a form of pottery introduced by Koukoku Ohshimain in 1852, boasts vibrant patterns that evoke the fiery allure of burning clouds on its surface. Due to the ever-changing flames within the kiln, each piece of pottery possesses a unique and captivating beauty.
Sadly, Koukoku Ohshima's technique was not passed down to his apprentices, and with his passing, this mesmerizing art form faded into obscurity.
The revival of the Unka-yaki technique began in 1978, marking a turning point in its history. Kunihiko Nagamune, originally a horticulturist, was deeply enamored by Koukoku Ohshima's Unka-yaki, particularly the exquisite patterns that emerged from the dance of flames. In 1986, Yoshiko Momoi joined the cause, becoming a vital figure in the restoration of the Ako Unka-yaki technique.
Undeterred by numerous setbacks, they embodied the unwavering spirit of Japanese craftsmanship, persistently experimenting and refining their methods. A serendipitous discovery of the clay essential for crafting Unka-yaki pottery amidst the mountains marked a pivotal moment in his journey.
Finally, in 1994, Ako Unka-yaki received its official designation as a “Hyogo Prefecture Traditional Craft,” solidifying its status as a cherished artwork.
Since each piece is handmade, there may be slight variations in size and color from what is shown in the specifications, due to factors such as photography and image settings.
Twilight Red Coffee Cup is not suitable for use in a microwave, dishwasher, or dish-drying machine.
It's possible that there may be minor kiln marks on the pottery.