Tosen Kiln Camellia Kiyomizu Ware Japanese Teacup

JPY ¥10,000

Featuring the distinctive nami-yu glaze, derived from the ashes of the Kyoto forest, this teacup embodies a natural clay color of creamy-white, enhanced by the gracefully painted camellia design, an emblem of Taniguchi's passion and dedication to the craft.

Established in 1868 as a Kiyomizu ware wholesaler in the heart of Kyoto, Tosen Kiln remains committed to its unique blend of soil and glaze. Its unwavering dedication preserves the methods and unparalleled quality of Nonomura Ninsei, the legendary potter credited with pioneering the art of Kyo ware in the 17th century.

Every brushstroke on this tea cup displays the expertise of individual Japanese-style painters, each seeking to surpass mere decoration, infusing the piece with originality and depth. As you rotate the cup, the mesmerizing camellia design unfolds — the harmonious blend of dark and light green leaves, juxtaposed with the white and red dyed petals. The petals boast a singular embossed and lustrous finish, offering a striking counterpoint to the leaves' subtle, watercolor shades—a flourish indicative of the painters' profound proficiency in Japanese artistic traditions. 

This direct painting on bisqued clay demands a mastery that few possess. As the paint is rapidly absorbed, it results in a lucid, transparent finish showcasing the intricacies of underglaze painting. Its muted shades of blue and brown create a subdued ambiance, unlike the bolder pigments of overglaze painting. And, to cap it off, a lining of gold adorns the cup — its delicate nature means it can only be an overglaze, yet its beauty shines brilliantly against the base color.

Through Tosen Kiln, one not only acquires a tea cup but an artifact that carries forward the legacy of Kiyomizu ware, replete with delicate hand paintings that narrate tales of diligence, dedication, and artistry.


  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: D 6.5 cm (2.5 in) x H 5 cm(2 in)
  • Capacity: 50 ml (1.7 oz) 
  • 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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