Tobe-yaki Ceramic Cup - Gradation
These artful cups are a youthful reinvention of the traditional Japanese pottery style of Tobe-Yaki. Characterized by thick, smooth porcelain glazed with indigo and white patterns, Tobe-Yaki porcelain has been a distinctive Japanese craft style for centuries. More recently, young artists in the village of Tobe are taking the movement in new directions, introducing new glazing techniques like dip-dye and ombre designs while still using the distinct traditional features of the style.
A traditional Japanese craft art, Tobe-Yaki pottery is known for its distinctive indigo blue patterns against a pure white porcelain base. Since the 1770's these clean, thick pieces have been made by hand in the town of Tobe, which has a flourishing porcelain industry based on modern craftsmanship.
Dimensions: Small - Height: 3.5" Diameter: 2.5"
Medium - Height: 4.25" Diameter: 3"
Care: Handwash only
Nakasono Mug - Two Tone
When coffee is the first thing you reach for in the morning, a cheerful mug does wonders for the spirit. Named after its maker, the Nakasono Mug features Yoshimitsu Nakasono’s signature (food-safe) silver glaze and colorful hand-painted designs. With a matte texture and a gently curved handle, these whimsical cups brighten up your morning routine.
Please note: because of the handmade nature of Nakasono pieces, some pieces may experience slight variations in glaze and colors. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
About Yoshimitsu Nakasono
Yoshimitsu Nakasono is a ceramic artist based in Tajimi, the birthplace of Mino ware ceramics. Unlike traditional ceramic artists, Nakasono uses bright pop elements and handmade forms to bring color and humor into modern ceramics. His signature chrome silver (food safe) glaze lines each of his pieces, achieving a metallic effect that feels as special as wearing your favorite clothes.
Materials: Clay, Silver Glaze (food-safe)
Dimensions: Height: 3" Diameter: 2 3/4" Handle: 1 ½”
Care: Hand wash with soap and water. After washing, wipe water immediately and air dry. Polish the silver inside with a polish or baking soda solution regularly to prevent oxidation. Not microwave or dishwasher safe.
Toyo Sasaki Glass Carafe Set
The Toyo Sasaki Carafe Set is part of the HS (Hard Strong) Series from Toyo Glass. HS glassware has been a top choice of the Japanese catering and restaurant industry for over 40 years for its world-class luster, transparency, and scratch resistance. This contemporary set includes a glass pitcher and accompanying cup for pouring sake or lemonade. Perfect for small kitchens, the set’s stackable quality and sturdy build lends itself well to minimalist living.
Winner of the prestigious Good Design Award.
About Toyo Sasaki Glass
Founded in 1878 during the Meiji era, Toyo Sasaki Glass (TSG) is made up of master craftsmen who specialize in the art of glass-making. Each artisan requires at least 15 years of glassmaking experience to be accepted by the Certified Traditional Japanese Craft-Masters, a prefectural association that credits prestigious artisans for their utmost ability and expertise on Japanese traditional crafts.
Dimensions: Carafe: Cup: 3.8" L x 3.8" W x 8.1" H
Volume: Carafe: 25.6oz. Cup: 760ml.
Care: Dishwasher safe.
At first glance you might mistake this little cup for a metal mug, perhaps made from a dark burnished copper, but it is in fact completely formed from clay. Handmade by artist Keiichi Tanaka, this mug features a series of softly dented markings near the base, leftover reminders of an artist’s hands pressing upon the clay. The tall cup makes a fine tumbler while the short cup lends itself well to espresso and strong beverages.
About Keiichi Tanaka
Keiichi Tanaka’s work spans from a lifelong fascination with the beauty of functional objects. Inspired by the visual poetry of agricultural tools and instruments, Tanaka creates softly textured glazes and unexpected shapes for otherwise common-use objects. His rustic,contemporary pieces clash with archaic shapes to invoke an atmosphere of "time accumulation": hazy, textured objects that could be remnants of a long-ago past or a not-so-distant future. Tanaka has exhibited widely throughout Japan and Europe, and currently lives in Saitama, Japan.
Dimensions: Short: Height: 3” Diameter: 3”
Tall: Height: 4 3/2" Diameter: 2 1/2"
Care: Hand-wash only.
Ceramic City Mug
Featuring a hodgepodge mixture of smooth glazes and soft textures, this highly tactile mug is made by hand by artist Yukiko Ohnakahara. As the latest addition to of our Ceramic City series, this charming mug features a wide handle and views of colorful cityscapes.
About Yukiko Ohnakahara
Yukiko Ohnakahara is a Japanese multimedia artist who has held solo and group exhibitions throughout Tokyo. In 2011 she opened her own store in Yanaka Tokyo making handmade wares like our bird mobile and handmade potholder. Her work plays on the craft aesthetic, using recycled materials and imperfect details to enhance the unique personality of each piece.
Dimensions: Height: 3.3" Diameter: 3.5"
Care: Hand-wash only.