From tiny Chinese Pin Ming Bei to hand-warming Japanese Yunomi, our teacups range from everyday companions to rare collector items.
Traditionally used to serve guests at Senchadō leaf tea ceremonies, the Kumidashi's shallow and open design helps to amplify the aroma, making them the cup of choice for fragrant Japanese green teas such as Gyokuro, Kabusecha and Sencha.
Tall, cylindrical and handle-free, the classic Yunomi teacup is suitable for the everyday enjoyment of all kinds of Japanese tea. Owing to their shape and density, they are particularly well suited for teas served at higher temperatures such as Hojicha, Genmaicha and Bancha – making them excellent hand-warmers during the colder months.
Pin Ming Bei Teacups
Traditional Chinese teacups, known as Pin Ming Bei (品茗杯 lit."tasting teacup") sourced directly from Jingdezhen: the birthplace of porcelain. This small Northern city has been producing ceramics for over a thousand years and was home to some of China's most important imperial kilns. Perfect for all kinds of Chinese tea.
Tradition meets modernity in these exquisite teacups handcrafted by renowned ceramic artists.
Contemporary minimalist cups handmade by the internationally sought-after Japanese ceramic artist, Takashi Endoh, in his signature stone-like Purion clay.
The 400 year old Asahiyaki kiln in Uji, Kyoto has specialised in Sencha utensils since the 19th century when interest in loose leaf tea began to grow in Japan. Asahiyaki are known for their delicately coloured porcelains and handleless Hōhin teapots that have long been de rigueur in Kyoto for serving fine Gyokuro.
For over a hundred years, the Japanese woodworking house Gato Mikio has been producing quality handcrafted lacquerware in Yamanaka, Ishikawa prefecture – an area with a long Urushi tradition. Add a warm and modern touch to your teatime with these elegant, minimalist cups.
When Japanese Yunomi teacups come in pairs, and particularly when one cup is smaller than the other, these are known as Meoto Yunomi, literally "husband and wife" teacups. Naturally these make excellent wedding presents.
Five-piece Kumidashi teacup sets, some with matching Kyusu teapot, perfect for Senchadō tea ceremonies and entertaining guests.