Artist: Hiroshi Koie (Reiko)
Size: Approx. 5.5cm dia ,4.3cm high
Box: Wooden box
Handmade elegant moss green tea cups. Small 6 cups, good to use for high grade tea such as Gyokuro or ones made of bud. Enjoy small amount of tea deeply. Shape is elegant and proper for Japanese Senchado.
They are made of red clay, covered with green clay, the lower half of the cups were smoked in black. Inside of the cups are glazed in white. You see the color of lines, upper part is red, lower is black in good gradation.
The lines are free like plant in nature – that is giving light and easy impression. It reflects spirits of Japanese Senchado – Feel free and relax, like you are in nature.
Inside is white. This is to enjoy color of tea. To appreciate the color of tea is one of the pleasures of tea time. Tea lovers tend to select porcelain or inside-white cups.
These cups are made of Tokoname red clay with white glazing – You can feel clay’s natural & warm texture in your hand.
This kind of inside glazing clay cups are not seen so much nowadays, especially in high grade cups.
The artist Reiko is from Tokoname, where produce red clay. Reiko’s red clay is delicate and smooth. He is well versed in Senchado Tea Ceremony.
What is Senchado?
I simply summarize, it is a traditional tea party (taken place in the tea clubs) that guests enjoy taste & beauty of tea, tea ware with seasonal environment such as flower in room, Zen words kakejiku calligraphy, sweets expressing season. Also aroma of incense, communication with hosts and guests…It brings very refreshing wind in your body and mind.
Tea ware used in tea ceremony should be “selected” , they are usually elegant, traditional and exquisite.
Good tea in good cup and it is your hand, it can be pleasant moment of tea time.
Reiko is a teapot artist and style of his works are elegant and traditional. He produces Senchado teaware often.
Please feel it in your hand. This set of cup is only available one set.