Hand wash with warm water and a soft cloth or sponge, using a mild washing-up liquid as necessary. Avoid putting in dishwasher, microwave or oven.
Pair with the matching Irabo Kyusu, or purchase as a complete set.
|Product||Teacup, green and brown|
|Origin||Tokoname, Aichi, Japan|
|Dimensions||Ø6.5cm x 6cm|
|Material||Red clay (Shudei 朱泥)|
Each piece is handmade and unique, therefore volume, dimensions, weight and glazing may vary slightly
Pottery has been produced in the city of Tokoname, Aichi prefecture, as far back as the 12th century, and since 1976 has been protected as a Traditional Craft of Japan. Tokoname was the site of the largest and oldest of the legendary Rokkoyō (六古窯): the “Six Ancient Kilns” of Japan, and continues to be the leading ceramics production centre in Japan today. Synonymous with Tokoname is Shudei: red clay with a high iron content, which is known to soften the astringency of green teas, resulting in a sweeter brew.
Studio Isshin 一心
Founded in 1980 by Sadao Tsuchihira (土平 貞雄), the Isshin kiln specialises in traditional ash and irabo glaze Tokoname wares that emphasise the natural beauty of the clay. In 1996 Tsuchihira’s son Eiichi (土平 栄一) joined the family business. Whether products are mass produced or one-off, Isshin make their pottery with all their heart – hence the name Isshin which translates to “wholeheartedness”.
The Kumidashi is a short, light, handle-free teacup traditionally used to serve Sencha during Senchadō: the Japanese leaf tea ceremony (as opposed to Sadō for matcha powdered green tea). Kumidashi with mouths that spread outwards are particularly suitable for high-grade teas as the shape helps to amplify the aroma. Often sold in sets of five, Kumidashi are the choice of teacup when entertaining guests.