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Tokoname Faceted Cream & Rust Nerikomi Teacups


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Potter: Kenji
Tokoname Pottery
Made in Japan
Sold as a set of 2: price is for the pair

10% price reduction for Feb 2018 – regularly US$120.00


‘Husband’ cup:
3.5” tall
7 oz functional capacity

‘Wife’ cup:
3.25″ tall
5 oz functional capacity


This wonderful nerikomi teacup set will ‘wow’ your tea drinking friends. At first glance they might think that you are using ‘wooden’ teacups but once they hold one they will discover that these are made from very fine, light stoneware. Nerikomi is a technique that creates a marbleized pattern in the clay.

Kenji has built these teacups using thin layers of cream and rust colored clays. When the clay is as he wants it, he skillful makes angle-cuts into the exterior of the teacup’s body and removes small slices of clay. This reveals a wondrous marbleized pattern. It is a magical and dramatic effect which is never really the same in any two nerikomi pieces.

These cups are an absolute treat to hold in the hand. The organic feel of the clay and the smooth finish conspire to soothe the most persistent stress of most any day. A perfect teacup for those who prefer to hold their cup with two hands.

This is a meoto 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) and 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’; however today it may depend on who has a greater thirst!

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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