These cups are a perfect & unique combination of timeless design and the oldest form of Japanese pottery.
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BIZEN YAKI CUP - Entirely handmade by Kiko Ando's studio for ASEMI Co.
ASEMI Co. Bizen-Yaki cups are a perfect & unique combination of timeless design and the oldest form of Japanese pottery.
Kiko Ando’s studio and kiln are located in the heart of Bizen Irinaka, Okayama Prefecture. The kiln is operated under the name “Narutaki-gama”, named after a local waterfall.
At work Mr. Ando takes matters in his own hands, starting with the production of the clay. It is carefully selected, cleaned, and prepared for the pottery making process. He fires his kiln twice a year, in spring and in autumn and with the support of friends and family he keeps the kiln fired for at least one week, adjusting the temperature by hand adding firewood in different places of the kiln every few minutes. It is a very sensitive procedure, where small mistakes can lead to unfavorable outcomes of the finished product.
The reason for these cups being limited to 100 pieces per size every 6 months is their aesthetic, called “Sangiri”. It requires a special location in the kiln which allows the artisan to pour ash on the cups during the firing process.
Each cup is packed, sealed and marked with the seasonal stamp and given a unique number each.
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Please note that each piece is unique by essence, the pattern and colors vary from one piece to another.
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