Premium Bizen-yaki yunomi (湯のみ) teacup by artist Jumpei Kaneshige. The cylindrical tsutsu-gata shape (筒型) is ideal for everyday, informal tea drinking. The cups feature a subtle texture of goma sprinkles.
The making of...
During the firing, red pine ash whirls through the kiln and eventually settles and melts onto the pieces. The result is a natural, sienna-hued ash glaze resembling sprinkles of sesame seeds goma (胡麻). The point at which the ash melts (1200℃) is known as tama-dare (ball drop). Goma can be most often found on pieces placed near the fire mouth. It is possibly to now artificially create goma patterns by adding pine ash prior to firing. There are other variations in color: yellow, brown, black, and blue-green. Each piece is hand-formed and fired with red pine logs from the Okayama region for 14 days.
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.