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Yellow seto teacup

This is a Yellow seto teacup from Sanpoen kiln.

Yellow seto is a glaze that began in the 16th century, and is a type of iron glaze with a low iron content. It is characterized by a brownish yellow color with green markings. This is a technique often used for tea utensils.

Sanpoen kiln is a pottery kiln that has been in operation for 6 generations. Originally, they mainly made tea utensils such as matcha bowls. The current owner, Tatsunobu Kato, creates tableware that complements food based on the concept of ``ware that makes you want to cook.''

Mr. Kato's vessels are handcrafted one by one, molded on a potter's wheel. All the vessels have good posture. The bottom is also beautiful, the shape is clear, and the vessels have a subtractive aesthetic.

The impression of Mr. Kato's vessels is modern. When I asked him about it, I learned that Mr. Kato likes Danish porcelain. This is a Kiseto teacup that has been reinterpreted with a modern sensibility.

Potter: Sanpoen Kiln (Aichi)

Molding: Potter's wheel molding

Type: Pottery

Size: Diameter approx. 6.5cm, bottom diameter approx. 5cm, height approx. 6cm

Capacity: Full water 140ml Practical 80ml

Weight: Approx. 90g

Packing: Paper box

Note: Because it is handmade, each piece will vary slightly.

The cracks on the surface of the pottery are a technique called ``Kanyu''. As you continue to use it, the tea ingredients will soak in and the pattern will become darker. Penetration does not affect the strength of the vessel.

<Seto ware/Akazu ware>

The Seto region of Aichi Prefecture is an ideal place for pottery making as it has high quality white clay with high fire resistance. The origins of Seto ware lie in the Sanage kiln, which produced unglazed pottery around Seto City from the first half of the 5th century.

In the first half of the 9th century, the Sanage kiln began producing ash-glazed pottery using a glaze made from plant ash, and the Seto kiln was born in the late 10th century.

Iron glaze was developed at the end of the 13th century, and it developed as Japan's only producer of glazed pottery. At that time, Seto pottery was distributed throughout Japan.

In the latter half of the 16th century, the main production area for pottery moved from Seto to Mino, but in the 17th century, the Edo shogunate invited potters back to Seto. At this time, the Akazu area, where potters moved, mainly produced tea utensils. Currently, the pottery produced in this area is called Akazu ware.

There are seven traditional glazes for Akazu ware: ash glaze, iron glaze, old Seto, yellow Seto, Shino, Ofuke, and Oribe.

Yellow seto teacup

¥2,750 JPY
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