Japan owes many of its traditional crafts to its rich nature and natural resources.
Ceramics became an important craft during the Heian period (794-1185) used to create tributes for Daimyo feudal lords. Over time Ceramics- and Earthenware craftsmen became so highly valued that they received housing, special protection from high-ranked war lords and a special status with a high level of respect.Nowadays, authentic crafting methods remain through traditional businesses that apply skills passed on for generations. By designing new products and patterns that fit a contemporary lifestyle, these crafts do not only survive, but are shared with the world!
Ceramics and Earthenware date back all the way to the Heian period (784 - 1185) .
Nowadays, there is only a handful craftsmen left that fully master the art of designing and handcrafting these beautiful items.
Dating back to the year 905 A.D., Mino ware combines the benefits of porcelain with the beautiful glass-like shine of Japanese lacquer. Modern designs made with traditional methods are now even used in luxury Parisian cafes!
Characterized by its authentic rusty colors, Banko ware pots look as simple as their design is complex. The less than 22 mastering craftsmen left, craft every item by hand ensuring perfection that you will enjoy for years to come.
This pot for black tea has a very modern design and simultaneously respects the centuries-old tradition of Fujisō Banko Earthen Ware. The pot is taller than usual, allowing for the black tea leaves to “jump” up and down in the hot water, slowly releasing their intense flavor. The inside is coated with a special transparent glaze that prevents the leaves from sticking to the pot. The glaze also adds to the beauty of the pot, as the fine vein-like cracks, barely visible in the beginning, become more and more intense over time, creating an intricate pattern of elegant lines.
The outside of the pot has the distinctive brown reddish tinge that is characteristic for Fujisō ceramic and that makes the pot a beautiful object in itself. The earth color and the powerful flavor of the leaves create a very special atmosphere when serving tea from this pot.
This elegant cup is hand-made with the traditional style and technique of the Fujisō Banko tea pots. It is made from a special kind of clay that also contains iron. therefore, when baked, the cup acquires the wonderful reddish brown color which is characteristic for all Fujisō ware. The cup is carefully designed so as to be easy to hold with one hand.
The inside is covered with a transparent glaze that enhances the fine grain of the ceramic. At the same time, the special glaze ensures that the delicate flavor of the tea is not affected in any way. It is perfect for enjoying Japanese green tea.
Due to its simple design and subdued earth colors, it is a beautiful object that brings a subtle touch of finesse to a pleasant afternoon with family and friends. The price is for one cup.
Although there are many different types of sake rice wine in most cases cups and glasses are chosen randomly based on their beauty. Kaneko Kohyo Pottery designed a set of 4 sake cups to enable a professional sake tasting experience. Each glass is designed to deliver the sake's scent and flavor in a different way.
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The specialty of the GIYAMAN series of Kaneko Kohyo Pottery is the shiny glaze of the porcelain that makes it look like glass. The word GIYAMAN was used at the beginning of the Edo period to describe glass, which came from overseas. The blue color is inspired by the traditional Japanese indigo dyeing craft. The deep blue makes a beautiful contrast to the white lines of the pattern that is shaped like a chrysanthemum, which is the flower of the imperial family.
The GIYAMAN BLUE plate is part of the "THE WONDER 500" collection of great products from Japan, that are promoted on overseas events by the Japanese Ministry of Economy.