Guinomi Sake Cup

Japanese Neriage Ware | Wheel and Hand formed Stoneware | Guinomi | Contemporary

$95.00

Age:1992

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 2-3/4”h x 2-3/8” dia.

This Sake cup was made using the "Neriage" technique, which is unique to Japan and which derives from the traditional technique of creating patterns with colored clay. This Sake cup has a beautifully fashioned pedestal foot, which is great to hold. The interior has a thin clear glaze over the grey-brown and cream finish to protect both the piece and what is being consumed, with an unglazed textural exterior finish. There is the artists’ incised impression on the bottom.

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: In Japan, Stoneware, called Neriage, is traditionally made by layering cross-cutting or wedging clay of different colors, creating patterns resembling geological strata, overlapping clouds, wood grain or even a basket-weave. All sorts of patterns can be produced depending on the method used to combine the clay colors, with cross-sections of kneaded clay appearing on the surface of the ceramics. The mixture is then thrown on the wheel, or occasionally placed in a mold to produce the desired shape. After partial drying, the entire surface is scraped off to reveal the patterns of clay underneath. In the West it became known as Agate Ware. 

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.