Tosen Kiln Camellia Kiyomizu Ware Cafe au Lait Mug

JPY ¥22,500

This café au lait mug from Tosen Kiln is graced with an exquisitely detailed camellia design, a creation of Taniguchi's passion and expertise. The camellia, emblematic of grace and composure, echoes the deep-seated heritage of Japanese art. A juxtaposition of dark and light green leaves depicts perfect balance, while the petals—delicately shaded with white and red—boast a raised and glossy texture that stands out against the subtlety of the leaf patterns, reminiscent of watercolor techniques. Set upon the mug's creamy, yellow-tinged bisque, this design embodies the classic beauty for which Kyoto is renowned.

Founded in 1868, renowned as a Kiyomizu ware wholesaler in Kyoto, Tosen Kiln stands as a testament to tradition. By utilizing its distinctive blend of soil and glaze, the Kiln preserves the techniques and superior quality championed by Nonomura Ninsei, the illustrious potter credited with refining the art of Kyo ware in the 17th century.

The mesmerizing paintwork is the masterpiece of craftspeople deeply versed in Japanese-style painting. Their creativity and precision shine forth in every mug, exemplifying Tosen Kiln's commitment to excellence. The camellia motifs, delicately hand-painted on the mug's unglazed surface, demonstrate an unparalleled skill, especially considering the absorbent nature of the base material. Following the meticulous painting process, the mug is coated with the nami-yu glaze, bestowing a transparent and radiant sheen over the intricate designs.

With a capacity to hold a generous 300ml(9.5oz) of beverage, this mug is an ideal choice for café au lait or a fulfilling cup of tea. Its ergonomic design, featuring a wide handle and lightweight structure, ensures comfort. Every sip from this mug reveals the delicate camellia design, both on the inside and outside, making every beverage experience truly special.


  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: 13 cm (5.1 in) x 7.8 cm(3.1 in) x 9.5 cm(3.7 in)
  • Capacity: 300 ml (9.5 in)
  • Material: Stoneware 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kiyomizu Ware
  • Brand: Tosen kiln


Tosen Kiln introduces the traditional techniques of Kiyomizu ware through their delicate hand painting and modeling styles.

The intricate paintings breathe warmth and beauty into their pieces and tell stories of the diligence needed to create them.

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ABOUT Kyo Ware and Kiyomizu Ware

"Emblematic Pottery Flourishes in the Old Capital of Japan"

Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware is one of Kyoto's representative crafts. Its a traditional craft designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, named Kyo-yaki or Kiyomizu-yaki in Japanese.

There is no specific style, and all pottery techniques from various regions of Japan are used. Another characteristic of Kyo ware is that all processes, such as pottery wheel turning and painting, are done by hand. With a history that has developed along with traditional culture, Kyo ware is characterized by delicate painting and excellent modeling skills, resulting in ceramics of great elegance and highly pictorial qualities. Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware were designated as traditional crafts by the Japanese government in 1977 and are very popular for its artistic quality.

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