Why We Love It
This authentic Kyoto ware teacup set features two blue and white crystal glaze gradation yunomi teacups in a custom-made paulownia wooden box, signed by the artist, making it a truly unique gift for tea lovers.
Each cup is expertly handcrafted by the renowned Touan kiln that features Kyoto’s signature crystal glaze technique. This process requires a special glaze with zinc oxide and silica, fired at high temperatures, to produce exquisite crystalline patterns. The process demands exceptional skill and precision, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece of Kyoto pottery beloved for its unique artistry and craftsmanship.
Kyoto Ware is an ideal choice for tea lovers, thanks to the high-quality local clay used in its production. Known for its porous quality, this type of clay helps to retain the full flavor and aroma of the tea, resulting in an exceptional tea-drinking experience.
Why Choose a Yunomi Teacup Set from Kyoto?
Kiyomizu-yaki (清水焼) and Kyo-yaki (京焼) ceramics have enjoyed over four centuries of history. The names refer to pottery produced around Higashiyama in Kyoto, or within the wider city area. Kyoto ware is today a highly valued and government-designated traditional Japanese craft. Since Kyoto was long the seat of Japan’s Imperial Court, Kyoto ware is renowned for its stately elegance and ornate decoration.
Kyoto ware is nearly all handmade in small quantities. The ceramic pigments in the Kyoto region contain large amounts of glass. This allows the artists to create wares that are extremely fine and delicate. The best example of such works is the flower crystal ceramics by Touan kiln. These are highly decorative works of art that showcase classic luxury that are rarely found anywhere else in Japan.
Touan kiln was founded in 1926 at Higashiyama Sennyu-ji temple in Kyoto. The kiln has been manufacturing Kyoto-Kiyomizu ware for almost 100 years. Nowadays, there are about twenty craftsmen employed by Touan, making it one of the largest kilns in Kyoto.
Caring For Your Kyoto Ware Teacups
After use, the teacups should be rinsed thoroughly with hot water, which will help them to dry faster.
- Teacup set, comprising two ceramic teacups
- Handmade in Japan
- Free gift-wrapping in Japanese furoshiki cloth
- Includes custom-made wooden box, signed by the artist
- As each handmade product is unique, there will be differences in size, color, and pattern from the photographs above.
- Size: Ø 3” (8cm), height 3¾” (9.5cm)
- Product code: 94111BL