Icchin Cup and Saucer by Aya Kondo
This tea cup and saucer by Aya Kondo showcases her work in the icchin ceramic technique.
She uses a dripper to apply slip onto the surfaces in an arabesque pattern distinctive in her work.
Here she pairs it with her ‘caramel edge’ glaze shade, in a piece fired in her kiln in Kasama.
A cup, and a saucer that highlights her individual labours as a potter, Kondo is an important presence in the Kasama pottery scene.
The cup has a diameter 7cm, and a height of 7.5cm
The diameter of the saucer is 13.5cm, the height is 2cm.
As each is handmade, there may be a slight difference to the images shown.
About Aya Kondo
The work of Aya Kondo comes from a quiet obsession. A brief career as a public employee, and then time spent travelling in Asia led her eventually to pottery training in Mashiko. In 2001 in nearby Kasama, she established her own kiln, enveloped by nature. As the years pass, so has there been a gradual evolution in her style. A key element remains detailed arabesque patterning which she achieves hand painting slip using a dripper . More recently Kondo has added deep moss green, Oribe type glazes in a patchwork alongside her trademark sweet yellowish brown. An important figure in the Kasama pottery scene for most of the last twenty years, Aya Kondo’s ceramics are a kind and refined presence in homes all around Japan.