Kinzan Kiln Ukiyo Kutani Mug
This beautiful Japanese mug will make you feel enriched every time you use it. It is handcrafted by Kinzan Kiln, which has a history of over one hundred years and has always connected its traditions to the future.
The beautiful gradation expands your imagination, such as the sky's azure, the cosmic blue, the hazy spring light, or the clear light of early summer. The pale colors and delicate gold are perfectly match in this piece.
This series named "Ukiyo" was inspired by the thoughts of the ancients: "If this world is fleeting and undefined, I would like to live at will, loving the moon and flowers, singing songs, even if I were penniless". The blue and yellow gradation expresses the shifting light, making it a truly fragile and beautiful work.
In pursuit of making their finest works, Kinzan kilns have an exceptional production method that they involve in many creative process from designing the shape of the porcelain to grinding the gold powder exclusively for their products.
See other items from our Kinzan Kiln Ukiyo series.
- Quantity: 1 cup
- Dimension: W9cm(3.54in) x D7cm(2.75in) x H10cm(3.93in)
- Capacity: 260ml(8.8oz)
- Material: Porcelain - Kutani ware
- Origin: Made in Japan
- Brand: Kinzan kiln
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ABOUT KINZAN KILN
Kinzan kiln was established in 1906 and has continued to produce Kutani ware for about 110 years. Among the traditional techniques of Kutani ware, the Kiln especially excels in kinsai, glaze painting with gold. In addition to the traditional techniques and innovative trials by artists, Kinzan kiln continues to create a new world of colorful Kutani ware by exploring various techniques and materials.
While inheriting the virtues of tradition, the artisans at Kinzan kiln successfully add the essence of modernity to create their products suitable for our tables.It is absolutely beautiful in pictures, however you would be more impressed to see it in real pieces as the delicate radiance of the gold and the refined texture of the paints and porcelain itself. We believe that these pieces could bring us joy and a sense of richness all the time.
YOSHITA MINORI - The third of Kinzan kiln
He took over the kiln from his predecessor, who passed away in 1941.He developed the technique of “Yurikinsai” (under glazed gold painting) to express objects with gold itself. In 2001, he was designated as a holder of intangible cultural assets by Japanese government.
YOSHITA YUKIO - The fourth of Kinzan kiln
In 2007, Minori’s eldest son Yukio took over the Kiln as a fourth generation. He established a new world of “Kinrande”, inventing an ingenious technique to apply gold decoration over ground which has geometric patterns in carefully-painted pale colors.
Works of art created with originality and ingenuity
While paying respect to the traditional method, they create works according to the current times, and each of them has their own original style.In addition to the traditional techniques and innovative trials by these three artists,
Kinzan kiln continues to create a new world of colorful Kutani ware by exploring various techniques and materials.Kinzan kiln, with its long history, nurtured and inherited a lot of things. It is not only a traditional technique. The history of the Kinzan kiln is the history of making the best use of the tradition and sublimating it to the unique expression of gilding from generation to generation.
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.