Aka Shino Saké Cup by Suzuki Tomio
Shino is a style of pottery which originated in Minō (central Japan) during the Momoyama era (1573 - 1603). The glaze is a simple mixture of ground feldspar and water, easily distinguished by its abundant pinholes and crackles.
This saké cup by Suzuki Tomio has a base of aka (red) shino with white feldspar drip details. To produce the blood red color, Suzuki adds an iron-rich coloring agent (called onita in Japanese) which is found in certain riverbeds in Japan. The technique has been used on shino wares for over 450 years.
A gem for the saké connoisseur's collection.
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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