Japanese Handmade Shigayaki Teacup - Kinzokutaru
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Handcrafted in Shiga from premium clay, this exceptional teacup takes on the unique shape of a barrel, embodying the rustic and natural aesthetics of Shigayaki pottery. Adorned with a rustic deep amber brown glaze reminiscent of earthy tones, the inner cup boasts a striking blue hue, while the outside is slightly glazed, exuding a touch of shine. Designed with gongfu tea lovers in mind, this barrel-shaped teacup is a nice size, perfect to hold comfortably in hand, allowing you to savor and appreciate the rich flavors of your tea.
Elevate your tea ceremony and experience the essence of Shigayaki with this Japanese Teacup. Its timeless and captivating design in the form of a barrel, featuring a rustic deep amber brown glaze, will infuse elegance into your tea-making ritual. Indulge in the delicate aromas of your cherished tea as you take a sip from this exquisite work of art, bringing a touch of nature's beauty to each moment of your tea-drinking experience.
Dimensions: 3 inches D x 3 inches H
What is Shigayaki?
Shigayaki, a type of traditional Japanese pottery from the Shigaraki area in Shiga Prefecture, is characterized by its rustic and natural aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscapes. Shiga is renowned for its abundant natural resources, mainly its unique clay sourced from the local Lake Biwa region.
This pottery showcases earthy colors, ranging from warm beige to deep reddish-brown and black due to the iron content in the clay, often displayed through partial or no glazing. Its rough and coarse texture, achieved through the traditional wood-firing process where kiln flames and ash interact with the pottery, is another distinctive feature. Shigayaki pieces take on organic and asymmetrical shapes, reflecting the potter's natural flow during crafting, adding to their rustic charm. Some pieces may even exhibit unique natural patterns, like ash glazes and carbon trapping formed during firing, making each piece truly one-of-a-kind.
Why invest in handmade teaware?
Investing in handmade teaware is a choice that goes beyond functionality—it is an opportunity to embrace artistry and connect with the traditions of the craft. Handmade teaware is a labor of love, meticulously crafted by skilled artisans who pour their passion and expertise into each piece. The process involves a deep understanding of materials, techniques, and aesthetics, resulting in teaware that exudes individuality and uniqueness. Owning handmade teaware allows one to appreciate the artistry, support artisans, and preserve the legacy of traditional craftsmanship.