This tall Kiyomizu teacup features a lovely, hand-painted cherry blossom design. Each blossom is crisply painted with wonderful attention paid to the flower’s centers. Both the interior and exterior of the cup are coated in a dark glossy glaze with a milky white glaze that slips over the top, giving it the wonderful look of white birch tree bark. The cup has a nice ‘pinched waist’ and is comfortable to hold. It is made of earthenware and is not too heavy for its size (about 8 oz).
All photos are of the actual bowl that is for sale (we only have one, so act quickly!).
Kiyomizu or Kiyo-yaki pottery is produced in and around the city of Kyoto, Japan. Kiyomizu pottery traces its origins to the 5th century. At one time, potters and their kilns dotted the streets around the Kiyomizu-dera Temple on the outskirts of Kyoto. Today many high-quality pottery shops remain in this section of town, located on the streets lining the hill up to the temple, but the potters have moved out of the city to nearby Yamashina where there is more room for their workshops. The style and appearance of Kiyomizu pottery has evolved and changed over many centuries, first adding vivid colors during the Muromachi period (1338-1573), and then adding over-glazing techniques to give an added luster to items post-firing. Kiyomizo pottery is known for its hand-painted designs, both vivid & soft color tones, and clear glossy finish glazes.
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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