Mini Green Tea Set by Nagai Ken
A mini green tea set by Nagai Ken. Meticulously handcrafted in minute detail (the knob on the lid swivels), the set serves as a testament to the artist's exceptional forming skill. The intense heat inside Tenkū-gama, Nagai's noborigama climbing kiln, produces warm gradations of rust red to dark brown and small pebbles where feldspar crystals have burst through. Swirling embers of red pine fuse with the surface of the clay and produce a natural glaze which is rough yet pleasing to the touch. A wonderful display of the kind of dynamic kiln effects that only wood-fired pottery can exhibit.
The pot is accompanied by two matching cups fired in the same technique. The interior has a built-in sieve porous enough to allow small bits of green tea leaf to flow through - a timeless custom among tea drinkers in Japan. Its total capacity is 100ml (3.4 oz.), which is enough to fill two cups. Gyokuro is highly recommended.
Functional as well as beautiful, this petite set promises many memorable tea moments over the years.
A wooden presentation box will be custom made to order and signed by the artist. Delivery time for this item is 2 weeks.
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