Aka Shino Green Tea Cup by Suzuki Tomio
Greatly esteemed by tea ceremony practitioners for centuries, shino-yaki was first fired during the Momoyama era (1568-1603) at kilns in Minō - central Japan. Glazed with a simple mixture of mostly feldspar and water, shino is renowned for its textured surface of pinholes and crackles. As a coloring agent, potters add a rare iron-rich sediment, called onita, which is found in certain riverbeds throughout the region.
This inspired green tea cup by Suzuki Tomio is done in aka (red) shino with twisting white feldspar drip details. In an unconventional spin, the base glaze was wiped away in horizontal lines, creating troughs of citrus skin between smoother plots of rust red and snowy white.
For hot or cold green tea or iced tea.
Suzuki Tomio's shino pottery is held in private collections around the world and, in 2011, was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for display in their East Asian Art collection.
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