Teacup - Cinereal Grey (Handmade from Shigaraki)

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Please note this product is only sold in pairs.

Handmade in the Shigaraki Town of Japan, these teacups were made from Lake Biwa's sandy clay. 

While Shigarakiyaki is known for its distinct reddish-orange hues, the colour variation in these teacups are caused by the chemical reaction during firing. Depending on the intensity of the fire and the location of the wear in the kiln, the colour variation of the end product will change.

At d:matcha Kyoto, we use these handmade teacups at our main store in Wazuka Town during our tea tasting and other tea-related activities. The minerals found in the clay are bound to enhance your tea experience. 


Shigaraki, Japan

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.


Additional Information

  • 5.5cm x 4cm | Height x depth
  • The capacity of each cup is 30ml.
  • This product is only sold in pairs.
  • No two teacups are identical as they are all handmade.
  • The shape of the teacups 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.