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Cold Sake Glass/Cup Kutani Eiraku

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Received Good Design Award 2006 in Japan

Production District: Kutani (Ishikawa, JAPAN)
Potter: Akira Taka

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 Akira Taka?
Akira Taka was approved as member of Nihon Kogeikai (Japanese traditional craftsman association) in 1987. His works was permanent correction at of the Smithsonian Sackler Gallery in Washington DC in 1993. He was designated a traditional craftsman by the Japanese government in 1994. He got 6th Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 2005.

The pattern is called gEirakuh. The pattern was developed by Wazen Eiraku in Kyoto. He was a very famous potter in the 19th century. He lived in Kutani and taught his design technique from 1866 to 1870. Several potters adopted his technique which later became one of several principle pottery designs in Kutani. Eiraku is painted red color on white ceramics with gold overlay. The contrast is quite beautiful. The pattern is very popular in Kutani 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.