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Kanbe Kuroda Helmet Guinomi


Kuroda Kanbei was Hideyoshi's strategist and after being stymied in his attempts to gain control over all Kyushu, he retired to Hakata castle in Fukuoka prefecture. His distinctive helmet was the inspiration for this sake cup. The bronze of the shunkei glaze doesn't quite match the bright red lacquer of the original, but it's metallic sheen is quite appropriate!

  • 6cm Diameter, 5.5cm High
  • Stoneware (see our Care Guide)
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • By the Takatori Family, with 300 years and 14 generations of expertise in South West Japan
Meet the Maker:

Takatori Kiln

The tea master Kobori Enshū valued Takatori ceramics for their subtle glazes and refined construction, and coined the phrase kireisabi to describe the appearance of patina which the Takatori family could achieve. 400 years later, the Takatori family is still going strong and their expertise is still apparent as soon as you see or hold any of their work. Despite all the tradition, the Takatori family are very open to experimenting and trying new glaze combinations and shapes and this has been a really fun process for both of us.

Their pieces seem so delicate, but the Takatori family fire their kiln at 1250 degrees which means all their mugs for example can be put in the dishwasher or microwave and are surprisingly resilient and can be used as everyday items. A lovely combination of beauty, utility, tradition and experimentation.