Guinomi, Glass Sake Cup

Japanese Hand Blown Opaque Green Sake Cups | Takeshi Tsujino | Contemporary

$120.00

Age:2002

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 2-0”h x 1-7/8” dia. (dimensions can differ slightly)

This pair of hand-blown glass sake cups reflects a unique Japanese aesthetic, in which the interior colors are extraordinarily fluid, with no two pieces ever the same.

Each has a green translucent finish with verticle striping. When held up to the light the fluid color is beautifully illustrated in light and dark green opaque glass, with white accents of the vertical striping on the opaque surface. According to Takeshi-san, “High quality products have no meaning if people don’t use them.” Takashi established his glass studio in Izumi City in 2001.

The Japanese have historically viewed this transparent, hard material as foreign and somewhat exotic, and they have only recently made sculptural and utilitarian glass part of everyday life. Japanese design has been characterized throughout history by minimalist aesthetics, with a predilection for simplicity, elegance, lightness and negative space. The use of organic elements, materials and forms has also been favored in order to emphasize a spiritual connection with nature. With the advent of technology, Japan has been at the forefront of many innovative designs.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, original condition with no chips or cracking, “as is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage is noted.

NOTE:  SAKE DRINKING: An enjoyable way of serving sake celebrates and it’s role as part of the aesthetic experience of a Japanese meal is to serve it cold as opposed to the traditional warm sake. Like many aspects of traditional eating and drinking in Japan, sake consumption has its own particular aesthetic and set of specialized serving, (Tokkuri), and drinking vessels, (Guinomi) are common.

Contemporary Sake drinkers treat drinking Sake it like a white wine — serve it in glass as you would any crisp white wine. Japanese specialists recommend making smaller pours only because the Japanese feel this is more social, and supports long conversation.