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Kakewake Tobikanna Blue Glaze Porcelain Cup

Kakewake Tobikanna Blue Glaze Porcelain Cup

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This captivating Kakewake Tobikanna Blue Glaze Porcelain Cup, handcrafted by the skilled artisans of Soryu Gama, exemplifies the Kiyomizu-ware tradition, renowned for its delicate beauty and innovative techniques. The Tobikanna ("jumping iron") technique utilizes a special tool to create textured patterns on soft clay. As the potter's wheel spins, the tool bounces or "skips" across the surface, leaving behind rhythmic indentations. This adds a unique tactile element and influences the way the glaze adheres, resulting in beautiful variations in color and finish. The design is accentuated by a vibrant brown line pattern, separating the pure white coloring from a stunning Blue glaze in an eye-catching gradient down the cup.

The cup's comfortable size and easy-to-hold texture make it perfect for enjoying your favorite beverage, whether it's coffee, tea, or even shochu. The dishwasher and microwave-safe design ensures easy cleaning and modern convenience. It's a perfect addition to your everyday drinkware or a thoughtful gift for anyone who appreciates unique and functional Japanese craftsmanship.


Size: L 3.1in x H 3.7in / L 8cm x H 9.5cm
Capacity: 220ml (7.7oz)
Material: Porcelain (Kiyomizu-ware)

Care & Use

  • Dishwasher safe - however handwashing recommended
  • Microwave safe
  • Please note that using metal scrubs or abrasive detergents may damage the surface
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Kiyomizu Cerulean Craftsmanship

Kyoto holds a rich and storied history in the realm of pottery, and Kiyomizu cerulean pottery stands as a testament to the city's enduring artistic legacy. The roots of Kyoto's pottery traditions trace back centuries, with Kiyomizu ware emerging as a prominent style. The name "Kiyomizu" is derived from the iconic Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyoto.

Kiyomizu cerulean pottery, characterized by its distinctive azure glaze, gained prominence during the Edo period (1603-1868). The vibrant cerulean hues were achieved through meticulous crafting and firing techniques, creating pieces that exude both aesthetic beauty and functional elegance. Over the centuries, Kiyomizu potters honed their skills, passing down traditional methods and designs from generation to generation. Today, Kiyomizu cerulean pottery continues to captivate enthusiasts with its timeless allure, reflecting Kyoto's commitment to preserving and evolving its profound artistic heritage.

Brand History

The legacy of Wakunami Soryu Potters is a journey spanning four generations deeply rooted in the artistry of Kyoto Kiyomizu Pottery. The origins trace back to the tutelage received from the renowned first-generation Suwa-Sozan, celebrated for his expertise in seiji glazed pottery, a hallmark of Kyoto's ceramic tradition. 

In a unique convergence of traditions, the fourth-generation Wakunami Soryu joined hands with Madoka Ota, hailing from the historic Koishiwara pottery village in Fukuoka prefecture. This union marks the fusion of Kyo-yaki Pottery and Koishiwara Pottery, creating an extraordinary blend that defines the distinctive character of Soryu-gama. Together, Soryu and Madoka embark on a daily artistic journey, shaping their creations on the potter's wheel, with a shared commitment to exploring new expressions through the mesmerizing translucence of bluish seiji glaze.