This darling porcelain teacup features a wonderful hand-painted floral motif in hallmark Aritaware colors. The artist created the cobalt blue flowers, lines and petals with underglaze and then used an overglaze to add the delightful red vining leaves as well as the other black, white and green embellishments. Underglazing typically involves using pigment to create a design on the clay, then coating the vessel with a transparent glaze, and finally firing the piece. Overglazing involves painting on top of a piece that has already been glazed and fired, then firing it again at a lower temperature.
With a 6 oz capacity and a slightly flared shape that’s very easy to hold, this teacup is just as practical as it is pretty. The cool white interior provides the perfect backdrop for appreciating the color of any tea liquor.
This cup is made of porcelain, which is a hard, fine-grained, nonporous ceramic ware. It is very white and unlike most other types of ceramic ware, it is also translucent. This characteristic is of value when steeping tea because it allows a tea enthusiast to discern and appreciate the color of the steeped liquor more easily than do most other materials. Many consider porcelain to be the ideal material for steeping all types of tea. Because it is fired at a high temperature, porcelain is extremely durable. The high-firing process also causes the glaze to bond with the clay instead of riding on the surface as it does with some ceramics.
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 make a range of items in porcelain and earthenware that are functional and 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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