Bizen Beer Mug

A handcrafted Bizen-yaki beer mug made by renowned contemporary potter Shibaoka Nobuyoshi.

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Bizen-yaki, a style of pottery from Okayama Prefecture, is a highly prized type of Japanese ceramic. Bizen-yaki pieces such as this beer mug, are characterized by their rustic, earthy appearance with unglazed surfaces and reddish-brown colours. The clay used in this style of pottery is fine but sticky with high iron and organic matter content, giving it a propensity to shrink during the firing process.
The markings on Bizen-yaki pieces are determined by multiple factors during the firing process such as oxygen levels, how flames move upward, and the amount of flying charcoal ash within the kiln. The variable nature of these factors means that even when the potter uses the same technique each piece will look different. In particular, Shibaoka Nobuyoshi is well known for his expertise in the sangiri technique, which creates the patterns and colours seen on these beer mugs using ash.

As each piece is one of a kind, make sure you select and put the right type in your basket.

Not microwave or dishwasher safe.

Size: approx. H13 cm x Ø7 cm

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Bizen yaki - rustic earthenware from Okayama Prefecture

The origins of Bizen-yaki can be traced back to the 5th century CE when Korean Peninsula potters crafted exquisite unglazed earthenware called sueki in what is now Okayama Prefecture.

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Bizen yaki - rustic earthenware from Okayama Prefecture