Teacup Shigaraki
Sekichuka Yunomi

Hozan Tanii

Evoking cherry blossoms peeking out of the snow after a cold winter, this elegant Yunomi teacup is coated in a thick white Sekichūka (雪中華 "bloom in the snow") glaze with a spot of red, handcrafted by the great Shigaraki-yaki innovator, Hozan Tanii. Suitable for all kinds of Japanese tea.
Product Teacup, white
Artist Hozan Tanii
Origin Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan
Volume 250ml
Dimensions Ø7.8cm x 9.5cm
Weight 224g
Material Ceramic
Glaze Hagi (萩) style glaze with copper
Artist's mark Seal to base


Each piece is handmade and unique, therefore size and finish may vary slightly


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Hozan Tanii 谷井芳山

Blending tradition with modernity, Hozan Tanii (b.1953) is considered one of the great innovators of Shigaraki-yaki. After majoring in pottery at the Osaka University of the Arts in 1975, he became the third generation kiln master of the Tanikan-gama (谷寛窯) workshop established in Shigaraki by his grandfather in the early Showa period (1926-89). Here Hozan makes full use of a variety of furnaces including gas, electric, wood-fired and Anagama (穴窯 "cave kiln") to make one-of-a-kind pieces of tea- and tableware. Eager to pursue creations that meet current needs, in recent years he has collaborated on recycling projects with leading consumer goods companies, mixing byproduct materials such as Suntory whisky barrel ash and UCC Coffee grounds into his own clay and glaze recipes.

Yunomi 湯のみ

Literally a “utensil for drinking hot water,” the Yunomi is a tall, cylindrical Japanese teacup that is typically made of ceramic and does not have a handle. It is ideal for everyday use for all types of teas – with the exception of Matcha, which is best served in a Chawan tea bowl. Please use both hands when drinking from a Yunomi: one hand around the cup to hold it, and the other underneath to support. Since Japanese teas are served at temperatures below 80°C the Yunomi should not be too hot to handle, and will provide extra warmth to the hands during colder months. For this reason, Japanese teas that are served at higher temperatures, such as Hojicha, Genmaicha, and Bancha are particularly recommended for Yunomi.

Shigaraki-Yaki 信楽焼

Pottery produced in and around Shigaraki is characteristically made of coarse, light-coloured clay that forms a particularly robust body. One of the Six Ancient Kilns or Rokkoyō (六古窯) of Japan, at the beginning of the 16th century the rustic aesthetics of Shigaraki-yaki was much admired within the tea ceremony, and today maintains a reputation for sturdy utilitarian objects.


Hand wash with warm water and a soft cloth or sponge, using a mild washing-up liquid as necessary. Do not put in dishwasher, microwave or oven.

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