Nerikome is a stunning technique that involves multiple layers of variously-colored clay – it is a classic Tokoname technique that produces a very dramatic effect. To achieve this the potter skillfully makes angle-cuts into the body of the piece and removes small slices of clay. This reveals a marbleized pattern that is unique to each piece.
The marbelizing in these teacups is wonderfully expressive and will provide the tea drinker with many minutes of quiet contemplation as the technique is studied and admired. The teacups are thin-walled, very light and delicate – even more astonishing considering the marbleized technique necessary to achieve this stunning effect.
The clay feels wonderfully cool and the faceted design of the cup is pleasing to the hand and fingers. The cups are substantial in diameter, but the angled cuts (and the thin-ness of the clay) make them comfortable in the hand. The inside of the cup has not been faceted – the swirled design of the mixed clays gives the tea drinker a glimpse of what the cup looked like before the cuts were made.
The foot ring has been cut back which adds a bit of flair to the overall aesthetic. Each cup features the mark of the potter.. This is a meto yunomi set of cups (meoto means ‘married couple’). Meoto yunomi usually come in the same pattern (although patterns can vary but be complimentary and colors may differ) but in two different sizes (and sometimes slightly different shapes). Traditionally, the larger cup is for the ‘husband’ and the smaller cup is for the ‘wife’.
Please Note: This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares 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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