BOWLS & TEA CUPS

teaware

Beautiful Japanese teaware is essential to the preparation of green tea. We carefully select teaware that are popular in Japan and perfectly suited for the preparation of your green tea.

You will also find hand-made cups and bowls from famous kiln and pottery masters that are exclusively available on IKKYU.

hand-made teaware
from KARATSU

Karatsu Yaki is considered one of the top ceramic producers within the Japanese world of pottery with techniques including a Kick wheel, Climbing kiln, Wooden ash glaze (a glaze technique from Korea mainly made from charcoal) and its bright colors and simplicity.

The variety and style of Karatsu ware multiplied and was traded extensively throughout the country, becoming representative of Japanese ceramics. For example, in western Japan, the word for ceramic ware became “Karatsumono” (Karatsu ware).

There is an old saying in the ranking of tea bowls: “First Ido, second Hagi, third Karatsu”. There are three famous pottery production sites in Japan. Firstly, Ido yaki is produced in Hagi, Yamaguchi. Secondly, Raku yaki is produced in Kyoto. Karatsu yaki is ranked third.) Karatsu Yaki has been loved by many masters of tea ceremony since ancient times and there are many examples of famous Karatsu teabowls in the tea ceremony.

  • JUNZO YAMASHITA
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    Karatsu Kohiki Tea Cup
    Handmade by Yamashita san, this tea cup in clay is a great example of the famous Kohiki style, a specialty of the kilns of Karatsu area.
    Capacity:
    220ml / 7.43oz
    $29
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  • Nakazato Tarouemon XIV
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    Kawakujira Tea Cup
    A white and gray tea cup with a black rim, handmade in the kiln of the 14th generation Nakazato Tarouemon in Karatsu. Sold in a wooden box.  
    Capacity:
    80ml/2.7oz
    $77
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  • Nakazato Hanako
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    Straight Ivory Cup
    A delicate tea cup blending ceramics and clay with a unique white glaze. Handmade by modern potter Nakazato Hanako in Karatsu.  
    Capacity:
    100ml/3.38 oz
    $72
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HAND-MADE TEAWARE
ARITA

Arita-yaki porcelain follows a special technique coming from 400 years of history. The first porcelain made in Japan followed the discovery of porcelain clay near Arita near the end of the 16th century. From the beginning, Arita saw incredible success and demand from all over Japan for its beautiful porcelain ware. Later, large quantities of Arita porcelain were exported by the Dutch East India Company to European countries and royal families.
 
In English, “Arita ware” was traditionally used for the export wares in blue and white porcelain, mostly copying Chinese styles. The wares with added overglaze colours were called Imari ware or Kakiemon. “Arita ware” is now more often used as a term for all of them.
  • Momota Akio
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    Blue Sea Sencha Cup
    From Arita, a handmade sencha cup designed exclusively for IKKYU. An exquisite porcelain cup with a light blue glaze. A limited edition.
    Capacity:
    120ml/4.05oz
    $190
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  • Momota Akio
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    Blue Sea Gyokuro Cup
    From Arita, a gyokuro cup designed exclusively for IKKYU. An exquisite tiny handmade blue and white porcelain cup. A limited edition.
    Capacity:
    60ml/2.05oz
    $170
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  • Momota Akio
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    Blue Sea Matcha Bowl
    From Arita, a handmade matcha bowl designed for IKKYU. An exquisite chawan in porcelain with a light blue glaze. A limited edition.
    Capacity:
    200ml/6.76oz
    $215
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HAND-MADE TEAWARE
TAKATORI

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 II
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    Handmade Koishiwara Ware Tea Cup
    Exclusive on IKKYU! A beautiful handmade tea cup inspired by the shape of wine glasses and designed to enhance the aroma and flavor of green tea
    Capacity:
    245ml / 8.28oz
    $82
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  • Hekizan Onimaru II
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    Fragrant Kaoru Cup Brown
    Exclusive on IKKYU! A beautiful handmade tea cup inspired by the shape of wine glasses and designed to enhance the aroma and flavor of green tea.  
    Capacity:
    245ml / 8.28oz
    $82
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  • Hekizan Onimaru II
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    Fragrant Kaoru Cup Red
    Exclusive on IKKYU! A beautiful handmade tea cup inspired by the shape of wine glasses and designed to enhance the aroma and flavor of green tea.  
    Capacity:
    245ml / 8.28oz
    $82
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  • Front side of a small and delicate grey handmade cup for drinking gyokuro green tea, made in Koishiwara, Fukuoka, Japan by Onimaru the Second
    Hekizan Onimaru II
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    Handcrafted Gyokuro Cup
    Exclusive on IKKYU! A beautiful handcrafted gyokuro cup designed to enhance its aroma and taste, made by one of the most gifted pottery makers of Japan.  
    Capacity:
    30ml /1.01oz
    $43
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  • Hekizan Onimaru II
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    Yuzamashi water cooler
    This handmade Yuzamashi (water cooler) from Koishiwara in Yame (Fukuoka) is the perfect addition to your green tea set.  
    Capacity:
    245ml / 8.28oz
    $71
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Then you drink it properly.
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