Why We Love It
This Tokoname teacup set features two handcrafted teacups in an exquisite stone gradation. They are made of a blend of Tokoname clay, with Tajimi and Seto Clay.
These teacups are suitable for any types of tea. Sencha (middle- to high-grade green tea) and kariganecha (high-grade stem tea) are especially recommended.
Why Choose a Teacup from Tokoname
Tokoname teapots and teacups are lightweight, resistant, smooth, and particularly easy to use. Green tea enthusiasts swear by the taste that Tokoname clay imparts to the tea. It is said that the iron contained in Tokoname clay softens the astringency and adds roundness to Japanese green tea.
Tokoname-yaki ware is produced in the area around the town of Tokoname, in Aichi prefecture, and is one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. Tokoname is the center of teapot production in Japan: nowadays, there are numerous kilns in activity, with artisans still pursuing traditional techniques.
This teacup set is handcrafted by Junzo Kiln. Born in 1976, Maekawa Junzo has been awarded for his work at the Choza Ceramic Exhibition and at various national competitions. He uses natural, mineral-rich clay from Tokoname and makes his own clay blends. Moreover, Junzo puts a lot of efforts in his teapots and teacups shapes: their rounded structures, almost architectural, are immediately recognizable.
Caring For Your Teacups
After use, the teacups should be rinsed thoroughly with hot water, which will help them to dry faster.
- Set of two teacups
- Handmade in Japan
- As each handmade product is unique, there may be small differences in size, color and pattern from the photographs above.
- Size: ⌀ 3.5” (2.2cm), height 1.4” (3.5cm)