RYOUKA Usuki Coffee Cup and Saucer
Beautiful coffee cup and saucer from RYOUKA series of Usuki ware.
The lotus-shaped design on white porcelain is a new contemporary interpretation of the original Usuki ware design, inspired by the chrysanthemum shape.
There are many lotus flowers in the Usuki ware production area, making it a famous spot. The sharp lines are characteristic, and the rim has a beautiful curve and casts a shadow on the table, creating a beautiful look.
Unlike many other Usuki ware, this cup is formed using a potter's wheel and then shaved to shape. The shape of the saucer is made by "Katauchi", the mold-forming method. It is a technique to make non-circular ceramics, such as flower shaped dishes, by covering a mold with half-dried base material and deforming it. The base is carved out with a potter's wheel, resulting in a circular shape. While using a mold, each piece is different because it is finished by hand.
Enjoy relaxing tea/ coffee time with this elegant cup and saucer. The saucer can be used as a small plate for serving confectionaries, cheeses or nuts.
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- Quantity: 1
Dimension: Cup: W13.5cm × H9cm(W5.3in × H3.5in)
Saucer: W15.5×H2cm(W6.1in × H0.7in)
Capacity: Approx. 160ml(5.41oz)
- Material: Porcelain - Usuki ware
- Origin: Made in Japan
- Brand: USUKIYAKI
USUKIYAKI is the Japanese name for Usukiware, but it is also a project name.
It suddenly disappeared from the world 200 years ago. However, in 2015, local potters revived this mysterious pottery.
The works, which are a fusion of traditional techniques and modern sensibilities, have a mysterious texture that reminds us of nostalgia in the midst of newness.
Its reputation in Japan and abroad is growing every day, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.
Handcrafted plates using the “Katauchi” Method
Usuki ware has many white porcelain wreaths made by Shimabara potters. It is a beautiful design in which the food is placed in the middle of the flower.
To form the plates, they covered a plaster mold with a thin layer of base material and pressed it by hand to form a circle flower or petal, or used the Katauchi method, a molding technique that copies the pattern carved into the mold onto the bowl.
In this way, the warmth of hand-building remains, compared to casting, which involves pouring liquid pottery into a mold.
AbouT USUKI ware
Usuki ware is based on the concept that a vessel is a frame for serving food.
To bring out the beauty of the traditional food culture of Usuki, such as ingredients nurtured by the rich sea and mountains, organically grown crops, and the miso, soy sauce, and sake that have been used since ancient times, the pottery is created using natural shapes and materials as motifs.
They hope to bring this food culture, as well as the beauty of nature and the creative spirit of Usuki, to the tables of people around the world through their creations.