Ceramic Tumblers by Yōki-gama
These handleless tumblers are Tobe-ware ceramics by artist, Kimiko Tanaka.
The characteristic of Tanaka’s work is her brushwork, and each of these of high sided cups was painted individually at her studio in the Tobe-ware ceramic district.
Tobe-ware is a tradition in blue and white ceramics practiced in Ehime, on Japan’s Shikoku island. Originally an eighteenth century offshoot of the larger porcelain region of Arita, today it is known for small family kilns and traditional methods.
Here the work is presented in four patterns including the classic ‘asa on ha’ hemp leaf motif, and a sarasa (chintz) type motif that includes perching birds.
As each piece is hand made there are some differences between them. They are approximately 10cm high, and 8cm in diameter. Each weighs around 300g, and has a capacity of about 120ml.