Guinomi sake cup with two large botamochi marks, handcrafted and signed by artisan, Jumpei Kaneshige. The porous nature of Bizenware enhances the flavor of sake, as well as beer and whiskey. The high iron content of Bizen clay makes it excellent for keeping the contents of its vessels hot or cold.
The making of...
When a piece of high-refractory clay, or the smaller pieces are stacked upon their larger counterparts, the covered areas receive are shielded from ash, resulting in round patterns. These circular effects are named botamochi (牡丹餅) for their resemblance to the sticky rice balls.
About Jumpei Kaneshige
Jumpei Kaneshige is a Bizen-based potter hailing from renowned lineage; he is the grandson of Toyo Kaneshige (Living National Treasure) and son of Kosuke Kaneshige, a celebrated ceramic artist in his own right. Jumpei creates Bizen-yaki with the techniques passed down from his ancestors and his father.