Saturn No. 1
A beautiful small tea cup with a unique textured sand color glaze on the outside. The inside is a soft, pale blue-grey glaze with small iron spots. Light crackles on the inside glaze may develop through use, and may darken with time.
The cup is light in the hands and is a perfect size for small sips of tea or sake.
Please note that as each cup is made by hand, they are slightly different in size, shape and tone of the glaze. Some parts of the glaze might have colorations that is darker than the rest of the glaze due to interactions between the clay body and glaze. The actual item you receive might have slight variations to the product photographed.
⌀: 2½"- 2⅝"
H: 1⅝"- 1¾"
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This cup is made by Wang Xinghua, a young ceramicist from Jingdezhen, China.
His handcrafted ceramics are rooted in daily life: simple, plain, rustic. Yet, the meticulous efforts involved in making each one results in a final product that exudes warmth, character, and a sense of individuality that is difficult to articulate but touches the heart.
We have been using his gaiwans, pitchers and tea cups at our tea bar from the beginning and our love and appreciation for them have grown profoundly.
This is one of 60 tea cups that we commissioned him to create for us in Spring 2020.
He throws the tea cups on the potter’s wheel by hand from his own special formulation of Jingdezhen clay and porcelain clay. After bisque firing at 800°C, he applies his own glazes by hand. The cups are then reduction-fired at 1300°C.