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. These cups feature green, red, and cream colored clay.
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.
These cups are thin-walled, very light and delicate-looking but are constructed from multiple layers of clay so are very heat-retaining and durable. The clay feels wonderfully cool and the faceted design of the cup is pleasing to hold.
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 clay gives the tea drinker a glimpse of what the cup looked like before the cuts were made. The nerikome technique begins with an astonishing marbleized fabrication that is necessary to achieve its stunning overall effect. The foot ring of the cup 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 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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