Arita porcelain is first porcelain in Japan, that is born about 400 years ago. Arita now is most famous porcelain town in Japan，which is loacated in Saga prefecture in Kyusu.
There are many artists, artisans and studio in Arita now. Shinemon kiln is one of them. Shinemon kiln works are well known for graceful glaze. Their main works are tea ware and sake ware (cups). This set of 16 color cup satisfy tea lovers and also sake lovers in many ways.
Shape of the cups are traditional style of Japan, also China. It is authentic shape for tea and sake. The lip of cup is thin, so you don’t feel it so much – you can concentrate more to taste of tea. The carved lip deliver tea to your tongue smoothly, aroma and flavor spread into your mouth just by tilting a cup a bit in your hand.
Shinemon’s porcelain stone is very while like snow. Please pay attention to unglazed part, which is bottom of the cup and foot ring. It is purely white. Shinemon’s clay is high grade and it also the reason to gives good effect to the color of glaze made in kiln.
Shinemon manipulate kiln atmosphere (flame, temperature, oxygen etc) and create beautiful colors. Glazes on cups turn to unexpected colors if it is not controlled well. Making such graceful colors stably and constantly is not easy, it is influenced by many elements.
Some colors are most beautiful when firing in winter. So they make the ones in winter mostly. Crystalline glaze sometimes result in not enough crystals on body. Only the ones with beautiful crystals are selected and handed to customers. Please enjoy various beauties, crystalline glaze, tenmoku glaze, blue,green, orange, red, purple, brown, black..
Shinemon is now in his 60’s. He still researches every day, for further stabilization, for more beautiful color change in kiln.
现在日本有田市有很多艺术家，工匠和工作室。 真右エ門窑就是其中之一。 真右エ門窑 窑的作品以其优美的釉料而闻名。他们的主要作品是茶具和清酒（杯子之类）。这套16色杯以多种理由满足了茶迷和清酒爱好者的需求。
Daily use teacup (yunomi) in Japan are usually sized bigger than 8 cm mouth width. Small tea cups like this Sinemon cup, with 5.5 – 7.5㎝ are specially used for tea tasting and tea ceremony. Daily means: Drink tea to quench thirst, to relax yourself , to enjoy food/sweet with tea. Small cups are used in occasions focusing on taste of tea, in consequence, it can be time to tidy your state of mind.
Bigger size cup set is available. (mouth width 7.5cm* Hight 5cm) Shape is called Tenmoku Shape. Feel free to ask us.