Handmade in the Shigaraki Town of Japan, these tea-cups were made from Lake Biwa's sandy clay. The nature of this clay gives it the signature oatmeal colour of Shigaraki-yaki: a bright warm orange with a hint of red. The minerals found in the clay used will also enhance your tea experience.
Tea recommendations that compliment this cup include any selection from our cold brew teas.
Pottery is often the craft of choice for tea farmers during winter, as the nature of this season brings field work to a lull.
Take a fifteen minute drive from d:matcha Kyoto's organic tea fields in the Yubune Region of Wazuka Town to reach the Shigaraki area. The kilns in this area are considered one of the Six Ancient Kilns in Japan. While famous Shigaraki-ware includes tanuki figurines, this area has a long-standing history in local pottery traditions.
The use of Shigariki-ware in tea ceremonies was normalised after tea master Murata Juko instructed for these items to be used. The natural characteristics of Shigaraki-made teaware poignantly reflected the wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles of sado.
- 12.5cm x 8.5cm | Height x depth
- The capacity of this cup is 270ml.
- No two cups are identical as they are all handmade.
- The shape of the cups are similar but they may be minor variations in terms of the height and colour patterns. As such there may be minute differences from the pieces we have in stock and those pictured.