White Hori Mishima Cup (Inoue Shigeru)

$30.00

This item is handmade and the cup you will receive may be not identical to the one in the photo.
There may be bumps, cracks, spots and other irregularities on this piece. Please do not purchase if you are averse to these natural characteristics that result from the use of unprocessed clay, slip and glaze.

Approximately D3.25″xH2.5″

Glazed and etched stoneware with brushed on slip
Made in Japan by Inoue Shigeru

5 in stock

Nagoya based potter Inoue Shigeru makes pots for everyday use that are reminiscent of old Mishima ware. He uses rough and crumbly unprocessed clay which is extremely difficult to form, and applies natural slip and glazes that are mixed using feldspar exposed to the rain and sun.  He is adamant about using these natural materials and methods because only they can create the desired depth and rusticity in the finished work. The pieces are fired in a gas kiln with minimal airflow, known as reduction firing, which forces oxygen to be drawn out of the clay bodies and glazes. This firing method causes random pink shades to appear in the glaze, known as gohonte, that are much desired by pottery enthusiasts. Pots that are fired in reduction firing also become sturdy and hard, making Inoue-san’s pots perfect for the dining table.