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 richly-colored and dramatic cup is a perfect example of this artistic style of pottery making. The deep blue is reminiscent of an evening or morning sky, or the depths of the ocean, both organic color representations of a blue that does not appear in nature very often as it does within the iris family. This coloration is made more visually interesting by the ‘notching’ along the exterior sides of the cup, which creates complex dripping and a variation of color saturation due to the varying depths of the glaze.
At 6.5 ounces in functional capacity, this cup is poised to become one of your favorite vessels for rich, satisfying Japanese green tea.
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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