Designed and made in Kyoto (Japan).
Enjoy hot sake served from a unique-looking flask (called tokuri), made in Kyoto potter Hirokazu Ichikawa's outstanding style.
With several factors making this item unique, it's hard to know where to begin, but let's give it a try.
- The shape: The flask is made using hand-made casts that allow the manufacturing of only few pieces each, making this an extremely rare piece of Kiyomizu-yaki. After casting, the potter creates the elegant neck on his wheel.
- The color: The peculiar pale-blue color is obtained though the coating of each item with a unique mix of materials which, when fired, react and naturally create this color. Not only is the mix prepared and applied by hand following Ichikawa's unique recipe: the potter is constantly experimenting to find the perfect tonality he has in mind, which means that an item made this year will look different from one made next year. Additionally, the specific tonality of each single piece will depend on environmental conditions, such as temperature and its distance from the fire (see image below.)
- The packaging: The flask comes in an especially-designed hand-made wooden box, called kiribako.
A very Japanese feel, without the easily-recognized features of traditional Japanese pottery.
Instructions for use
Pour your favorite sake in the flask and heat it up in hot water to make hot sake (see our article about Japanese sake to know more), or serve at room temperature.
Or, if you feel like trying new things, why not heat up some Hot Toddy in the flask?
Hirokazu Ichikawa is a Kiyomizu-yaki potter based in an area in Kyoto known as Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi. His pottery is easily recognized by a peculiar color, obtained through the application of a secret mixture of materials which, when fired, react and naturally create the pale-blue glaze.
Born and raised in Kyoto, Ichikawa graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1984, and has been a regular exhibitor at the Kyoto Art Exhibition since then.
He further developed his style and technique in the years, while receiving recognition on a national and international level. Ichikawa's work has been exhibited in all Japan (Nitten, Asahi Ceramic Exhibition, and others) and in the US, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (Md).
Ichikawa creates his pottery out of his kiln in Kyoto.
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