About the Shitoro-Yaki Ware
Shitoro-Yaki (志戸呂焼) is the pottery style of a small region in southwest Shizuoka Prefecture that originated in the 12th century during the Muromachi period. The center of this style is a town formerly known as Kanaya (金谷), which is also the home of the Sugimoto family.
Clay from this area is high in iron, which results in yellowish and reddish hues in the clay and glazes. Matcha bowls and other pottery in this style often showcase the color and character of this clay, encouraging us to appreciate rustic simplicity and focus on the subtleties that make everything unique.
Kobori Enshu, a famous tea master who studied under Sen no Rikyu’s successor, Furuta Oribe, and creator of the Kirei-Sabi style of tea ceremony, loved Shitoro-Yaki and certified it as one of the Seven Pottery Styles of Enshu (遠州七窯).
About the Artist
Rito Aoshima (青嶋利陶) is a 2nd generation potter who works in the pottery studio founded by his father. The studio was created to revitalize the Shitoro-Yaki style and preserve its over 900 years of history.
Aoshima studied pottery in Seto before returning to Shizuoka to study in the Shitoro-Yaki tradition. After inheriting his father’s studio, he has continued to uphold the traditional craft of Shitoro-Yaki pottery with a focus on elegance.
This yunomi comes in a kiribako (桐箱) made from paulownia wood. The front is painted with the name of the kiln (Ritouzou), and the stamp of the artist, Rito Aoshima. Inside, the yunomi is wrapped and protected with a turmeric-dyed cloth as is the traditional style, as well as modern bubble wrap for additional protection.
Please note that this item is an original work of art. The photos are of the actual yunomi and kiribako. Once this teacup is purchased, we will not be able to re-stock this design, as it will never be made exactly the same again.
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- Shitoro-yaki Ware
- Made by Rito Aoshima
- Volume: 6 oz (177ml)
- Diameter: 3", Height: 3"
- Comes with handmade kiribako wooden box