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Pitcher,​ Ginsai Blue

JP¥ 4,500   (US$ 39.90)
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This Ginsai blue pitcher is ideal for pouring water or shochu.

[Ginsai]
Special-order 100% purity silver leaf foliated to a thinness of 2 microns (2 thousands of a millimeter) are attached one by one to each item, then it is put into a kiln and polished so that the fired silver leaf becomes smooth. On top of this, beautiful and transparent "Kutani 5 color glass glaze" is applied.
These Ginsai items require a great deal of effort and skill to make, such as putting in a kiln more than 4 times until they are complete. These are items with combined transparency and beautiful coloration that add extra quality to dishes and drinks. The thickness of the silver leaf and the cutting are all hand-done by skilled craftsmen who put the utmost care into its beauty and proper placement. Due to the incredibly delicate nature of the work, the thickness and size of each piece of silver leaf varies ever so slightly, making each Ginsai piece a truly unique creation.

[Kutaniyaki]
Kutaniyaki has been designated by the Minster of Economy, Trade, and Industry as a traditional Japanese craft.
JAPAN KUTANI is an art that represents Japan! This work of art boasts five colors that show the history and tradition of the Kaga Hyakuman-koku, a fief known for producing a million "koku" (about five million bushels) of rice.
Featuring a bold, original composition and rich, beautiful use of colors, this glazed pottery has breathtaking expressive qualities that represent the best of Japanese craft.
This style of pottery was created approximately 360 years ago (around 1655, in the early Edo period) in the village of Kutani, located in the Daishoji domain (part of the Kaga clan) to symbolize the glory of Kaga Hyakuman-koku. This pottery boasts a focus on dazzling, luxurious decorative glazing and a unique style that colorfully illustrates the atmosphere of daily life.
The appeal of Kutaniyaki can be found in its coloring, the Kutani Five Colors - red, blue (green), yellow, purple, and navy - that form its base while the shimmering, transparent appearance of the glaze brings out its depictive qualities. The combination of the strong sturdy porcelain material and the graceful, elegant use of the five colors has established a style of innovative, artistic pottery.
Under the name JAPAN KUTANI, this pottery has been known as an export since the Meiji period that has grown to have wide name recognition and popularity in the West. One man in particular, named Shoza Kutani, established a line of "colored brocade" vases and other works that planted the seeds of worldwide popularity thanks to his exhibition at a World Expo.
This history, tradition, and thought continues to this day in the vibrant appearance of Kutaniyaki, which is created with the feelings of craftsmen who wish to add vibrancy and warmth to the long winters of the Hokuriku region. The beauty of the glass glaze and its smooth, transparent appearance attracts pottery enthusiasts from all corners of the world.
●Materials: Porcelain,​ silver leaf
●Size (approx.): Length 15cm x Width 8cm x Height 15cm (450cc)
●Weight (product only): approx. 300g
●Weight (incl. packaging): approx. 360g
●Made in Ishikawa
●Brand Name: Kutaniyaki
[Handling Precautions]
*Items made using gold,​ silver (including gold & silver leaf) and metal (parts) cannot be used in the microwave.
*Not heat-resistant: please to not use in ovens or other heating appliances.
*Please clean with a soft sponge and pH-neutral dish detergent soon after use. Wash as soon as possible,​ rinse and dry properly before storing.
*When using in household or commercial dishwashers,​ high-pressure cleaning (polishing) may cause the removal of color,​ loss of transparency,​ and lost of luster. Please do not clean in dishwashers.
・In order to prevent the risk of damage to the item,​ please do not use abrasive sponges,​ nylon or metal brushes,​ or abrasive cleansers,​ as they may cause the gold,​ silver,​ paint or adhesive to peel off or damage the surface.
*The feet of Kutani ware items are not coated with glaze. Minimal polishing has been performed but scratches may occur places that come into direct contact with it. Take care when using on soft or easily damaged surfaces such as alcoves ("Toko-no-ma"),​ flower tables,​ shelves,​ tables and lacquer-finished surfaces,​ and be sure to lay something underneath.
*Vases,​ decorative plate,​ ornaments,​ porcelain tiles and other decorative items: In respects to aesthetics,​ finely colored decorative paint may be used. Refrain from using as tableware.
*Please do not use this item for anything other than its intended purpose.

[Other Information]
*Can be used in a dish dryer.
*As each item is hand-made one-by-one,​ the color,​ pattern & shape may differ slightly from the photos.
*Should there be no stock,​ item manufacture will take place after order placement. Depending on the item,​ delivery may be delayed. Please contact customer service regarding the delivery date.
Item No.  W11595
 



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