This teacup from Mr. Shirahata Hoetsu at Hoetsu Tobo Studio has a clever patterning that has been pressed into the sides of the cup with carved wooden stamps. The design of spirals and symbols is reminiscent of ancient rock art. The interior of the cup is plain, which allows one to admire the spots and speckles in the clay and the tones of the applied glaze.
The clay is a rustic, slightly gritty pinkish-tan-brown stoneware that has been lightened with a milky glaze. The foot ring is triangular in shape which adds a bit of fun to the overall design of the cup. The lip undulates a bit ( although it is fully glazed for sipping ) and the stamp mark of the potter confirm this as a hand made teacup.
This is a handmade item – 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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