Small, modern tea cup (yunomi) designed in collaboration with Japanese design firm Sfera. Asahiyaki recommends this teacup for hōjicha, bancha, black tea and coffee.
Based in the historic city of Kyoto, Sfera is involved in a number of design-related activities that span Japan and Europe. They seek to create products that convey a modern aesthetic while utilizing the skills and sensibilities of traditional craft.
Before using it for the first time, soak it in water for 10 minutes to minimize staining.
3.46"D x 2.12"H. 150ml (5 oz).
Materials: Local clay (hanshi), black glaze.
Comes in a protective box.
From Uji, Kyoto, Japan.
You can find a similar tea cup with the glazes reversed here.
A 16th generation ceramics studio, Asahiyaki is synonymous with tea culture in Kyoto. The family of Matsubayashi has been perfecting the craft of celadon and unglazed teaware made from local clay in Uji since the 1600s. Used by samurai, merchants, and royals, Asahiyaki initially made a name for itself along the Uji River, an important locale for commerce when much of transportation in Japan happened by boat. The family has been recognized by Japanese royal family for their work.
Today, Matsubayashi Hosai XVI carries on his family's legacy, using local clays high in iron and minerals designed to enhance the flavor in a cup of tea. A very small number of wares are produced by the studio each year, and we are honored to be able to represent them.