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Soshu Cup

Drinking Vessels (Lipped Bowls/Sake Bottles/Sake Cups)
These sake cups are created from Takatori-yaki, a type of pottery whose history stretches back more than 400 years to the early Edo Period (1603-1868). Takatori-yaki is said to have had its beginnings in the pottery created in the foothills of Takatori-yama Mountain in Fukuoka prefecture. At that time, Japan’s tea ceremony culture was at its peak, and many feudal lords of the time brought back a number of skilled artisans from Korea where the production of ceramics was particularly advanced; these artisans then opened up kilns in various parts of Japan. One of these ventures led to the creation of Takatori-yaki, the development of which is believed to have been driven by a group of Korean artisans who had formed a pottery collective known as Hachizan. Takatori-yaki originally had a very simple style, but gradually became more sophisticated under the direction of the tea ceremony master, Lord Kobori Enshu, during the Kan’ei Period (1624-1644); over this period, the region became increasingly celebrated as a production site for tea items. These cups have been created by Shuichiro Takatori, the 13th-generation craftsman and grandson of Hassen Takatori. Combining the traditional techniques of Takatori-yaki with a beautiful form that is perfectly suited to modern lifestyles, these are cups that owners will never tire of looking at.