Teacup Kairagi

Studio Kagetsu

Authentic Japanese Yunomi teacup with a classic Kairagi "plum tree bark" glaze, handcrafted at the second-generation Kagetsu studio in Kyoto. The hand-warming, handle-free cylindrical cup is particularly suited for teas brewed at higher temperatures, like Hojicha and Genmaicha.
Product Teacup, white and grey
Origin Kyoto, Japan
Studio Kagetsu Kiln 花月窯
Volume 280ml
Dimensions Ø9.5 x 8.5cm (foot Ø5cm)
Weight 100g
Material Ceramic
Glaze Kairagi (鰄)
Production Freehand


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


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Kagetsu 花月

Born 1941 in Kyoto prefecture, Kagetsu studied under his father, the first generation Kagetsu, from whom he inherited a vatriety of pottery techniques including Mishima (三島) and Hakeme (刷毛目 "brush marks"), as well as Korean styles from the Goryeo (918-1392) and Josen (1392-1910) eras. His unique style has earned him two Kyoto Governor's Awards in 1996 and 2003.

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.

Kyo-yaki 京焼

Both Kyo- and Kiyomizu-yaki are general terms, often used together or interchangeably to refer to pottery produced in Kyoto, representing a variety of different styles. Historically Kiyomizu-yaki exclusively referred to pottery made on the road leading up to the ancient Kiyomizu Temple – now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Typical Kyoto wares are decorated with colourful hand-painted motifs using overglaze enamel pigments: a technique that appeared in the 17th century and is still a hallmark of Kyo-yaki today. From 794 to 1603 Kyoto was the imperial capital, attracting the most skilled artisans across the country. Even after the seat of government moved to Edo, present day Tokyo, Kyoto continued to be the cultural and spiritual centre of Japan.

Kairagi 梅花皮 / 鰄 glaze

Kairagi is the crawling glaze effect appearing on ceramics due to the glaze shrinking faster than the clay body. The characters can be written as either 梅花皮 “plum tree bark” or 鰄 “shark skin”, which allude to the cracked and textured surface of the glaze. This technique is often seen in Hagi and Karatsu wares, and particularly around the foot of Ido-style tea bowls. In chanoyu (茶の湯 “the way of tea”) kairagi is appreciated as a scenic element or keshiki (景色 literally “scenery”) and is paid particular attention to when viewing the tea bowl during the tea ceremony.


Wash with warm water, and washing-up liquid as necessary. Allow to air dry completely or dry with a towel.

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