Designed and made in Kyoto (Japan).
Enjoy hot sake served from a unique-looking flask (called tokuri), and sipped from an equally beautiful sake cup.
The set includes 1 flask and 1 cup, all made in fine porcelain by potter Hirokazu Ichikawa.
The peculiar pale-blue color is obtained though the coating of each item with a special 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 next year. Additionally, the specific tonality of each single piece will depend on environmental conditions, such as temperature and its distance from the fire.
As a result, each piece is as unique as it can get.
A very Japanese feel, without the easily-recognized features of traditional Japanese pottery.
The cup and the flask come in separate especially designed wooden boxes, called kiribako.
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.
Serve directly from the flask into the cups and enjoy.
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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