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Cold Sake Glass/Cup Kutani Akaesaibyo

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Received Good Design Award 2006 in Japan

Production District: Kutani (Ishikawa, JAPAN)
Potter: Buzan Fukushima

Cup Height: 4-3/8 inch (111mm)
Top of the Cup Diameter: 2 inches (51mm)
Cup Capacity: approximately 2 oz. (60ml)

Dish Washer: Not recommended
Microwave: Not microwave safe

Who is Buzan Fukushima?
Buzan Fukushima has over 30 years experience in Akaesaibyo at Kutani Sano kiln. His works were accepted 11 times in Japan Traditional Craftsman show. He also received the grand prize (prize of prime minister) in Japanfs 1998 Traditional Craft Competition. He is the president of Traditional Craftsman Association in Ishikawa Prefecture.

The pattern is called gAkaesaibyo h. It means fine red paint in English. The technique was developed around 1820 in Sano, Kutani. Akaesaibyo is one of the most popular patterns in Kutani. There were over 200 technicians in Kutani around 1900, but now there are only a few technicians. Buzan Fukushima is the best technician and leader in Akaesaibyo. Please take a look at his work.

Glass top is Edo Glass.
Bottom ceramic is Kutani.
Edo Glass was first produced around 1710, and artisans further developed their skills throughout the Edo period. They produced mirrors, glasses, ornamental hairpins, wind-bells and other glass items which are still highly prized, traditional Japanese products.
Kutani is one of the most famous Japanese pottery districts.
The cup is fused Kutani Ceramics and Edo Glass.

What is Kutani?
The history of Kutani pottery traces back to the beginning of the Edo period (1655). The early stage progressed under the support of the Daishoji clan. After the discovery of the potterfs clay at a mine near Kutani village, a potter was sent to Arita (Imari) district to master ceramics. He brought his techniques back to Kutani, but production suddenly ended around 1700. The cause of the decline is still unknown.

About eighty years later the Kasugayama kiln opened at Kanazawa under the control of the Kaga Clan. A lot of kilns were built and each developed their own special style. In the Meiji period (1868-1912), Shoza Kutani developed his unique style, and the works of his apprentices were exported as highly valued examples of Industrial Arts of Kutani.

Now there are 49 government recognized Master Craftsmen and 2 Living National Treasures in Kutani.

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