GUINOMI - Large Sake Cup (Chiseled)
|Size:||Approx. 2.75" Diameter, 1.75" H|
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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.
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.
If you want to be inspired by Japanese aesthetics, look no further than this sake cup. Despite its chiseled surface and angular design, the soft sheen of its black-blue color is strangely warm and inviting. Enjoying sake out of this cup will make you feel like you are drinking with a wise old friend.
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 this sake cup, we encourage you to read about Koito Pottery, Dai, and his philosophy on pottery.