Hekizan Onimaru II
Handmade Gyokuro Cup
Exclusive on IKKYU! A beautiful handcrafted gyokuro cup designed to enhance the aroma and taste of the king of green teas. Made by Onimaru Hekizan the Second in Fukuoka, one of the most gifted pottery makers of Japan.
Each cup is hand-made at the Onimaru Kiln, following the Takatori style tradition, and comes with a wood box signed at the kiln. It is a great way to store your cup and protect it. It makes also a great presentation for a gift and is the insurance you are buying a carefully handcrafted Japanese product.
*Note: it is possible to order this item even if it is marked as momentarily out of the stock with us, but please note that it might take a few weeks before delivery as the potter does not have a large stock on his side and might need to make new ones. Our team will contact you if this is the case.
About Takatori pottery style
During the Edo period, Takatori-Yaki was developed under the auspice of Kuroda clan. Also, it received advice regarding the pottery techniques from Kobori Enshu, a noble Japanese Sado artist, who picked Takatori kiln as one of seven his favorite kilns. Its philosophical guidelines focus on elegant simplicity. Its color diversity stands out within the Japanese pottery world. Red, brown, green, white: all of them are based on the beauty of Japanese nature.
What makes Takatori-Yaki special is its use of seven different kinds of color glazes. Moreover, it produces a high note as if it was porcelain when flicking one’s fingers at it. This is because Takatori-Yaki is made very thin although it has layers of glazes.
Hekizan Onimaru, the Second
Born in 1972 as the eldest son of ONIMARU Hezikan the First, ONIMARU Hezikan the Second has dedicated his life to the Takatori Yaki pottery style founded in Fukuoka prefecture. Among his incredible achievements, Onimaru san took part to the 2012 Biennale of Contemporary Pottery and Ceramics of Sèvres, in France. Several pieces made by Onimaru san are now part of the collections of famous Zen temples in Japan, including the Ginkaku-ji and Daitoku-ji in Kyoto.Today, Onimaru the Second aims at creating a modern Takatori Yaki style that combines modern elements to traditional craftsmanship.