Celebrate summer all year long with this colorful Arita ware teacup. A profusion of hydrangea blossoms in pink, purple and yellow form a lively decorative band that undulates around the cup. The crisp white outlines around the individual flowers really focus the design. These outlines are the background color of the cup peeking through the glaze, not a separately painted-on color. The entire surface of the cup has a ‘stippled’ finish, which gives it a nice textural feel in the hand. Most of the cup has a soft, almost eggshell sheen, with a few touches of high gloss glaze on the hydrangeas.
With a 6 oz capacity and a wide shape that’s very easy to hold, this teacup could also function as a small matcha bowl. The white interior provides the perfect backdrop for appreciating the color of any tea liquor or of whisked matcha.
Arita (sometimes referred to as Imari) is an ancient and very famous pottery region of Japan located on Kyushu Island in the southern portion of the archipelago. Originally Arita ware was known for blue under-glazed and multi-colored over-glazed porcelain. Today, potters craft a wide range of clay items that vary from simple and functional to highly decorated and artistic. Costly pieces that are collected by connoisseurs and museums alike also fall under this same general descriptor.
Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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