Sake Cup, Fully Hand Made [F] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Cup, Fully Hand Made [F] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Cup, Fully Hand Made [F] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Cup, Fully Hand Made [F] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Cup, Fully Hand Made [F] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Cup, Fully Hand Made [F] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa

Sake Cup, Fully Hand Made [F]

Regular price ¥11,950
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Hand-made guinomi sake cup in the shape of Mt. Fuji. Made in Kyoto by Hirokazu Ichikawa, featuring the potter's kiln-fired pale-blue color.

KiGinKin Stock 3
Techniques Kiyomizu-yaki
Materials Glazed porcelain
Size [mm] (width, depth, height)
65 x 65 x 38
Weight [g]
45
Some like it hot, some only drink cold sake. Some will have it by itself, others with snacks. Many only use their shot glasses to enjoy aged spirits.
To each their own, and, for some strange reason, we're are all proud of our drinking preferences.

Now, here's another detail to be proud of: a sake cup that is as unique as your sipping style. And you can take that literally.
Each piece is hand-made and kiln-colored, which means that it is as unique as a snow flake.
If you're looking to create lasting memories from your drinking or tasting sessions, there's nothing better than sipping your favorite drink from your favorite cup.

Sincerely.
From drinkers to drinkers.
For sale until November 30, 2021
Manufacturing time: 7 days
What's this? We will take your order and pass it on to the manufacturer at the end of the selling period: the time shown here is the time it will take to make the item, starting from the day the manufacturer received the order.
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Designed and made in Kyoto (Japan).

Product description
Enjoy sake from a unique-looking sake cup (called o-choko), made in potter Hirokazu Ichikawa's outstanding style.
With several factors making this item unique, it's hard to know where to begin. Let's give it a try.

- The shape: This cup is made using hand-made casts that allow the manufacturing of only few pieces each, making this an extremely rare piece of Kiyomizu-yaki. Thanks to this crafting technique, the cup has a thin rim, which is an unusual feature in sake cups and guarantees a neater feel when sipping.
- 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 (see image below.) 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 in the future. Additionally, the specific tonality of each single piece will depend on environmental conditions, such as the temperature inside the kiln and the distance of each piece from the fire.
- The packaging: The cup comes in an especially-designed hand-made wooden box, called kiribako.

As a result, each piece is as unique as it can get.

kiginkin fired pale blue procelain glaze

Instructions for use
The tradition suggests that you use this top-notch sake cup for your favorite sake at your favorite temperature. However, as the potter Hirokazu Ichikawa himself says, "I'd be curious to hear if non-Japanese people use it in other ways. I'm open to new ways to enjoy my pottery."

Care
Wash immediately after use with a non-abrasive detergent and a sponge. Wipe with a dry cloth after washing.

Warnings
• This product is fully hand made: minor differences between pieces may occur.
• Wash thoroughly before the first use, with a non-abrasive detergent and a sponge. Wipe with a dry cloth after washing.
• Do not dishwash.
• Do not microwave.
• Do not leave immersed in water or other liquids for long times.

Notes
• This product may not be returned. Items that you receive broken will be reimbursed. Please read our return policy to know more.
• The item shown on this page comes as single piece. Sets (flask + cup) are also available on KiGinKin, along with other items in the same series. Please check the manufacturer's collection page for more information.
• The kiribako box is traditionally made with very thin wood, and it is only intended for protection during shipping and storing. We will take the utmost care when placing the kiribako inside the shipping box; however, due to the delicate nature of a kiribako, it may crack before it reaches you. Please be aware that this is not considered a defect, and it won't result in a refund as long as the item itself is undamaged.

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.

kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile before after firing color change
kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile set

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.

kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile wheel kiln
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