GUINOMI - Large Sake Cup (Various Styles)
|Size:||Approx. 2.5"-3" Diameter, 1.75"-2" H|
Dai's Irabo glaze ceramics capture the Japanese admiration for the imperfect and the withered. Entirely handmade in Takayama, Japan, these pieces age beautifully with use, as their texture smoothens and colors deepen. Look closely and one can appreciate the artisanal details such as small divets where Dai's fingers carefully suspended the piece in mid-air as he painted it.
Dai believes that the beauty of Japanese pottery comes from its "harmony with nature". In keeping with this philosophy, Dai does not compromise when it comes to selecting his ingredients, whether it be clay from a particular hill 20km away or ash that is produced naturally and locally. He also shuns all tools of mass production, even opting for the mechanically-operated wheel over its electronic counterpart.
These sake cups are uneven yet balanced, muted in color yet vibrant ... they are an homage to the imperfect. With these skillfully crafted Guinomi, you can enjoy a taste of Japan with each sip of sake. The more you use them, the smoother their texture will become, and the deeper and richer the colors will be.
Guinomi is the word used to refer to sake drinkware that are larger than the smaller sakazuki sake cups but smaller than yunomi tea cups. Guinomi cups make great collector's items, too. It even comes in a custom Paulownia wood gift/storage box.
To better appreciate these sake cups, we encourage you to read about Koito Pottery, Dai, and his philosophy on pottery.