Traditional tea cup from famed 16th generation ceramics studio Asahiyaki in Uji.
The celadon glaze is made in the image of the clear stream of the Uji river, where Asahiyaki's studio has been located for over 400 years. This style of cup is known as a "morning glory" shape; the narrower bottom highlights the lighter colors of Uji green teas.
Before using it for the first time, soak it in water for 10 minutes to minimize staining.
3.34"D x 1.96"H. Holds 60 ml (2 oz).
Materials: Porcelain, celadon glaze. Gas-fired.
From Uji, Kyoto, Japan.
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.