The name of this cup, 'shinogi', refers to a pattern similar to the lines called "Shinogi" found on Japanese swords. Even though it is made in clay, this cup was designed in the image of the white porcelain of the Joseon Dynasty.
Handmade by potter master Ishii san at the Yoshi Hisagama kiln in Karatsu, this cup follows the “80-20” principle celebrated in Japan: any pottery is 80% the creation of the potter master, and 20% how its owner uses it.
With each brew, the clay of this cup will absorb a little bit of the tea poured inside it. The color will gradually change over time, making each and single cup a truly unique piece – almost a living, organic creation.
Dimensions & Capacity
Diameter: 6.5 cm / 2.55in
Height: 4.9cm / 1.92in
Capacity: 120ml / 4.07oz
Born in Hachioji in 1989, Ishii Yoshihisa is a young potter who started studying pottery in 2014 in Karatsu, under the guidance of Naoto Yano sensei. Ishii san opened his own kiln in 2018 in Ochi, Karatsu, Saga prefecture. While following classic Karatsu ware, Ishii san also incorporates the styles of Korea's Joseon Dynasty to produce a wide range of tableware that is easy to match with modern dining tables. Ishii san takes care of the entire process on his own, from crushing stone into argile to the final firing step.