Tosen Kiln Camellia Kiyomizu Ware Sakazuki Sake Cup

JPY ¥10,000

Featuring the distinctive nami-yu glaze, derived from the ashes of the Kyoto forest, this pair of sake cups boasts a natural clay color of creamy-white, illuminated by the exquisite camellia design.

Established in 1868 as a leading Kiyomizu ware wholesaler in Kyoto, Tosen Kiln prides itself on its bespoke blend of soil and glaze. Through centuries, they've meticulously preserved the methods and superior quality inspired by the works of Nonomura Ninsei, the illustrious potter credited for introducing the art of Kyo ware in the 17th century.

The mesmerizing paintwork that graces these sake cups is the handiwork of individual Japanese-style painters, each striving for a depth and originality that transcends the norms of decoration. It is Taniguchi's passionately adored camellia design that captures one's gaze. Originating from a singular camellia painted on a plate, Taniguchi meticulously refined this design, merging shades of dark and light green for the leaves and employing contrasting white and red dyes for the 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. To further enhance the allure, the design occasionally adorns the interior of the cups, providing a serene counterpoint to the white backdrop.

The intricacy of painting directly on a bisqued cup challenges even the most skilled artisans. As paint is swiftly absorbed by the clay, the art of underglaze painting emerges in muted tones of blue and brown, exuding a soft, subdued essence. This absorption results in a clearer, more transparent finish, accentuating the fine brushwork. This contrasts with the more potent hues of overglaze painting. 

Through Tosen Kiln, one doesn't merely acquire a sake cup but becomes a custodian of the revered Kiyomizu ware legacy. Every brushstroke on the stoneware resonates with warmth, beauty, and tales of unwavering dedication and artistry.


  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: D 7 cm (2.7 in) x H 2.5 cm(1 in) 
  • Capacity: 30 ml (1 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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