Kokuzo-yaki Mentori Yunomi
Kokuzo-yaki Mentori Yunomi

Kokuzo-yaki Mentori Yunomi

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The surface of this white glazed yunomi (tea cup) is beveled to create a polyhedral shape. This makes it comfortable and stable to hold in your hand. The more the cup is used over time, the more the "expression" of its surface will change. These changes are welcomed in Japan as something to look forward to as you continue to use this cup in your daily life.

Studio: Kokuzo-yaki
Origin: Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture
Dimensions: Ø 7.5 x H7.5 cm
Weight: 170g
Materials: Kokuzo-yaki pottery
Technique: Mentori

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pottery from the local soil, named for the local history

The Kokuzo-yaki kiln is owned and operated by couple Yoshiyasu and Kayako Yamamoto. It was established in 1890 by Yoshiyasu’s great-grandparents, who, after discovering high-quality clay in the Kurayoshi area, decided to build their kiln and settle there. A 7th Century archeological site of the regional Yamato Period chiefs lies nearby, who are affectionately nicknamed “Kokuzo-san” or “Mr. Nation-builders” by the locals. Yoshiyasu's grandparents decided to name their pottery Kokuzo-yaki, after this affectionate local name and history.

inspired by the land

The Yamamoto family has now been producing Kokuzo-yaki for four generations. Yoshiyasu and Kayako work day and night to produce high-quality, durable tableware with the mellow, white glaze characteristic of this pottery tradition, as well as its decorative techniques which express Tottori’s natural beauty. “Tobiganna” pieces with their soft and wavy ridges evoke the Tottori sand dunes, and “senmon” pieces emulate constellations in the night sky.

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