To create the beautiful mottled blue hue of the Kasama-yaki cups, artisan Masami Taniguchi fires porcelain in a kiln that was once used for roof tiles. A special glaze is layered onto each piece before it is fired in an unusual smoking process that produces unpredictable textures and patterns. This means every Kasama cup is distinctively unique.
Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, is one of the Kanto area's largest pottery producing regions with a history that dates back to the 18th century. Artisans specialize in using raw materials from other regions to produce a vast range of styles, with Taniguchi here using Hasami porcelain.
Asemi Co., the brainchild of designers and friends Yuki and Lars, is founded on a mutual love for and sincere desire to help preserve Japanese traditional ceramics. There are only two cup designs — large and small — but copious pottery styles. Deliberately minimalist to draw attention to the color, texture and artisanal complexities, each cup also has an unglazed section to highlight differences in raw materials. All stackable, no matter the pottery style or cup size, they are not only a delight to behold, but a treasure to hold.
Stoneware Height 10 cm x Width 7 cm Dishwasher safe Not suitable for microwave Made in Japan