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Cold Sake Glass/Cup Kutani Aochibu

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Sale! It was $390.00.

Received Good Design Award 2006 in Japan

Production District: Kutani (Ishikawa, JAPAN)
Potter: Kingyoku Nakata

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 Kingyoku Nakata?
Kingyoku Nakata studied basic techniques at a famous kiln in Kyoto. After completion of his studies, he returned to Kutani and apprenticed under his father. He also studied with Yasokichi Tokuda (Living National Treasure) and three other masters in Kutani.
His work has received many awards. In 1994 he was designated Traditional Craftsman from the Japanese government. When the Japanese prime minister visited Europe in 2000, he gave Kingyoku Nakatafs pieces as gifts.

The pattern is called gAochibuh. gAoh means blue color, gchibuh means dot in English. Aochibu has three colors of dots - blue, white and gold. Blue is the most popular. Aochibu was developed around 1910 in Kutani district. The dots are painted by hand, one by one. Some works have a swirly pattern. High skills are required to paint each unique dot size, color and shape. The Kingyoku family has developed the skills to the highest level. Second generation Kingyoku Nakata has become the best potter in Aochibu works.

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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