Arita Ceramic Gosu Tea Cup (Arabesque)

Arita Ceramic Gosu Tea Cup (Arabesque)


Arita-yaki (有田焼) was founded in 1616 in the small town of Arita in Saga prefecture. As the birthplace of Japanese porcelain, Arita porcelain became highly prized in both the East and West after the 17th century. The earliest production was characterised by the delicate indigo ‘sometsuke’ (染付) underglaze on the translucent porcelain body. The glass-like texture is formed by the high-quality clay and porcelain stone ‘toseki’, which are extracted from the surrounding Izumiyama mountains. Arita porcelain also underwent major shifts in production values to better reflect the needs of ordinary citizens, hence the unadorned one-color design of the sometsuke underglaze remained a timeless signature throughout the centuries.

This range of Arita Gosu porcelainware combines the tradition of the ’sometsuke’ (染付) underglaze with semi-porcelain. Gosu (呉須) refers to the technique for decorating porcelain with a pigment that is characterized by its deep-green colour. No two Gosu porcelainwares are the same as the individualised brushstrokes and firing conditions result in subtle differences in colour. Mixed with the rough and unrefined clay, this gives Arita Gosu porcelainware a sandy texture that can be likened to the warmth of traditional earthenware.

The collection comes in three traditional patterns: Karakusa (Arabesque Pattern), Marunagashi (Circle Pattern) and Tokusa (Ten Grass Pattern).

Karakusa - Arabesque Pattern
The Karakusa pattern is characterised by its spiral-like line work that resembles patterns found on stalks and vines. Much like their growth, this pattern came to symbolise prosperity and eternity.

Note: Please note as each piece is hand-made, slight variation in shape and glazing may occur.

Dimensions: Ø8.2 x H8.5cm

Material: Semi-Porcelain

Place of Origin: Arita, Japan

Instruction for Care: Dishwasher and Microwave Safe

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