Okinawan Ceramic Tea Cup - Flower Pattern

Handmade ceramic tea cup decorated with a blue flower pattern—made in Yomitan, Okinawa Prefecture.

£28 per item

Okinawan ceramics⁠—known as yachimun in the local language⁠— developed over the ages heavily influenced by Chinese, Korean and Southeast Asian pottery-making traditions, making them easily distinguishable from other styles of Japanese ceramics. This tea cup was made in Yachimun no Sato (lit. ‘the village of pottery’) located in Yomitan, which is a famous production hub of ceramics on Okinawa Island. Yachimun no Sato can be considered as a newcomer in comparison to the main centre of Okinawan ceramics located in the Tsuboya District of Naha City. The village was established around 1980 after anti-pollution rules adopted in Naha sought to put an end to wood-fired kilns within the city. Potters unwilling to abandon the long-established traditions and techniques by switching to gas-fired kilns, moved their studios to Yomitan where a new, multi-chambered climbing kiln was built. Among them was Kinjō Jirō (1911-2004), who later became the first Important Intangible Cultural Property holder (Living National Treasure) from Okinawa Prefecture. In order to accommodate the growing interest in Okinawan ceramics and the influx of new potters and studios in Yomitan, a second 13-chambered kiln was built in 1990, located north of the original one, lending it the name Kitagama (lit. ‘northern kiln’). The kiln is mainly operated by four craftsmen, among them the maker of this tea cup, Miyagi Masataka (b. 1950), who actively holds exhibitions of his works and has also won number of awards through his expertise.

Not dishwasher or microwave safe.

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