Another unusual glaze from the Takatori family - these sake cups are fired twice, first at a higher temperature and then at a lower temperature. Normally the kinaiyu glaze is a light yellow colour, but this gives a wrinkled, mossy texture to the glaze which the Taktori family call a "creased" glaze. Again, these may be hard to replicate, or we may be able to get more after next year's firing.
- 6cm Diameter, 7cm High
- Stoneware (see our Care Guide)
- By the Takatori Family, with 300 years and 14 generations of expertise in South West Japan
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.