Zansetsu Tea Cup - Wide
This beautiful teacup is inspired by the scenery of Tohoku, when the snow has just begun to melt at the arrival of spring. Their characteristic look comes from their glaze, called Zansetsu (残雪). Zansetsu means “the remaining snow” - this subtle but sophisticated glaze mirrors the quiet beauty of the village and its surroundings, evoking the turning of the seasons. A long firing results in a complex, rich, and slightly mottled surface, unique to each piece.
The Wide cup is rounded and fits comfortably in one or two hands. Its wider rim and lower profile will bring more air to the tea, cooling it a bit faster.
Due to the use of natural materials, each piece will have slight variation in tone, texture, and appearance.
History of Seiryu-gama, the Blue Dragon Kiln
Seiryu-gama (青龍窯 Blue Dragon Kiln) was founded approximately 140 years ago at the beginning of the Meiji period. The small village is nestled in a mountain valley east of Yamagata. The village lies at the base of Mt. Chitose, surrounded by ancient pine trees. Since the end of the Edo period, the traditional pottery of the area is called Hirashimizu-ware (平清 水焼), made with locally-sourced clay and glaze materials.
These works are curated by Tenohira Boutique