Hanasaka Blanc En Kutani Ochoko Sake Cup
This cup is from the "Blanc" series, which means "white" in French. It is created by Taniguchi Seidojo, one of the companies which are dealing premium Kutani ware clay.
"En" sake cup features a modern design in which foot shapes beautifully.
It is made from white clay named "Hanasaka", the rare clay produced in local area of Kutani ware, allows processing thinly enough for the light to pass through.
With the combination of their deep knowledge about clay and the technique of skilled craftsmen, this thin yet durable sake cup achieves beautiful silhouette, which is surprisingly handcrafted by potter's wheel one by one, then polish it with great care.
The matte texture, finished by simply polishing without grazing, gives the impression of a sophisticated art piece.
The light and smooth texture makes it possible to deliver a delicate yet rich taste of Sake to the mouth.
This product was created with the desire to create a chic and modern sake cup that harmonizes with the quiet time of day.
- Quantity: 1 cup
- Dimension: D5.5cm(2.17in) x H8.0cm(3.14in)
- Capacity: 35ml(1.2oz)
- Material: Porcelain - Kutani ware
- Origin: Made in Japan
- Brand: Hanasaka
HANASAKA decorating tips
Thinly made sake cups are perfect for hot summer days, as the coldness of cold sake can be felt in your hands.
It is so delicate that light shines through it, but it has practical strength because it is made of clay that has been carefully refined by skilled craftsmen.
Hanasaka plates, like sake cups, are clearly special when you hold them in your hands.
“HANASAKA” is a brand of ceramics produced by Taniguchi Seidojo, which produces Kutani ware clay.
The brand name “HANASAKA” is derived from “Hanasaka Pottery Stone” which is the raw material for Kutani ware. Currently, there are only a few mines where Hanasaka pottery stone can be quarried, and while Kutani ware is widely known, such a situation is hardly recognized.
From the perspective of clay production, which they have been doing, their mission is to connect the kiln owners of the clay firing that underpins the painting process and the people beyond, and to create a production area where land, culture, and the future come together.
All of their works, created by people who know the clay well, have a hidden charm that can only be realized by holding them in your hands.
Chronological Tables of Taniguchi Seidojo
1951：Shoji Taniguchi founded the company as Taniguchi Soil Works in what is now Wakasugi-cho. Initially, the production system started with only stamper equipment.
1970’s：In response to the demand for mass production of Kutani ware, the company introduced machines for mass production.
1995：Introduced a robot for automatic removal of clay called the “Cake Machine Automatic Take-Out Device”.
1998：Kimiaki Taniguchi took over as the second generation. Started sales business of ceramic equipment such as kilns.
2013：Started production and sales of tableware as HANASAKA.
2017：Koichi Taniguchi succeeds as the third generation.
2019：Built a sedimentation plant in conjunction with the opening of the Kutani Ceramics Laboratory. The company is working to disseminate information about Kutani ware from the perspective of the production area.
About kutani ware
Kutani ware is a type of pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years.
It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines.
Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.
In the early 1700s, the Kutani kilns were closed, but about 80 years later they were opened and Kutani ware was revived.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.