Guinomi Cup Kohiki Style


£35

Beautiful tableware from the famous Japanese pottery town of Mashiko. Mashiko was once home to Shōji Hamada, celebrated ceramicist and founding member of the Mingei (folk craft) Movement, who through Bernard Leach shaped modern-day studio pottery in Japan and the UK.

This piece was handcrafted by Kenji Tayama, a highly regarded contemporary ceramicist who today works in this respected pottery enclave. It’s true to Mashiko’s Mingei origins: warm, solid, deceptively modest in design and intended for everyday life.

A guinomi is a type of sake cup, ‘gui’ refers to the sound of gulping and ‘nomi’ means to drink. So you could call it a cup for gulping down sake! It’s also suitable for drinking tea or as a small serving bowl.

Tayama aims to make pottery expressing nature and the soil. Each piece is pine wood fired and will have subtle differences, an expression of how the flame has passed by and between the work.

This guinomi has been crafted in the kohiki style, an iron-rich clay body with a light slip and translucent glaze that creates a tactile, earthy texture. It originated from Korean potters and became popular in Japan with the samurai classes in the 1500’s. The result is a powdery finish, with wisps of blush pink gohon 御本 tones coming through and a crackle effect. Kohiki ceramics are said to undergo three changes as they age with use, known as ‘keshiki’.

The piece is faceted so that you can feel the maker’s hand, with a natural glaze that flows and accumulates on the lines.

It’s rare to find such a fine example of Mashiko pottery outside of Japan, drawing upon its long and distinguished history.


Measures approx. 8cm across.

For longevity we recommend washing by hand and drying after use. Please do not use in the microwave or dishwasher.

Japanese pottery such as this usually has tiny crevices on the surface, which absorb liquid. It’s part of the aesthetic and it’s usual to enjoy the piece changing as it ages, wabi-sabi of sorts. But if you prefer, use the ‘medome’ technique- presoaking in hot rice water before the first use- to prevent colour changes.

As each piece is individually handmade there may be tiny variations from the image shown.

Gift wrapped in tissue paper

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