Traditional sake set handcrafted using the sangiri technique and signed by artisan Bifu Kimura. The set includes one tokkuri sake bottle, two sake cups and a handcrafted premium Paulownia woodbox. 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 sake bottle holds 450 ml.
The making of...
With the sangiri (桟切り) technique, pieces placed on the outer edges of the kiln are buried in the ash. The surfaces covered by the charcoal are not exposed to the flame; the reaction of the iron in the clay to the carbon of the embers produces a distinctive bluish gray, dark grey, gray-black, or brownish black color.
About Bifu Kimura
Bifu Kimura is a 9th generation Bizen potter in Inbe, Japan. His work balances dynamic, clean shapes with the rough textures of the Bizen firing process. Today he leads Studio Kibido with his daughter Mizuho Kimura and her husband, Yosuke.