This cute Mashiko teacup has a joyous and playful air. The cup’s rim is smooth and coated in a delightful mixture of cotton candy pink and blue hues. The surface of the cup’s pink and white glazed lower portion has a stippled finish. This stippling provides a pleasant bit of texture and contrasts nicely with the beautiful glossy blue drips of glaze that flow down the sides of the cup. A simple, clean wash of white glaze coats the cups interior.
In the early 20th century, the Mingei Movement heralded a move towards a distinctive ‘folkcraft’ appearance and modest simplicity in everyday pottery items. These items did not try to emulate the rustic styles of Raku, Bizen and Shino pottery, but attempted to elevate the significance of works by everyday potters, whose livelihood was being threatened by the large ceramics manufacturers in Japan. Mashiko pottery gravitated towards simple designs, earthy glazes, and everyday shapes.
This cup will be equally at home whether being used for tea in urban Japan, a country home in Provence, or the Pacific Northwest.
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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