I've been admiring and sometimes using this yunomi at my favorite tea shop/bar for quite awhile. Recently I found out the artist can't make another like it, the kiln it was made in died, and his new kiln is just too different.
I was fortunate enough to talk the bar into selling it to me (it had been in use for guests at the bar for years).
Now I need to figure out how to get a kibako for it.
Great yunomi, great story! It's wonderful that the cup held your devotion for so long and finally came to be yours.
Got this as a present when I was in Taiwan, could anybody tell me some more about it? No idea what's on the paper
They told me it was a 'leopard cup' because of the glaze. I guess it's around 200ml.
Apologies, I don't seem to understand how to put pictures on this forum
That Tianmu (tenmoku) glaze is rich! The box cover reads (from right to left):
"Leopard Print", "Tianmu Cha Wan"= (tianmu tea bowl).
The pamphlet reads, more or less:
"Tianmu Glaze: High temperature firing, showing shiny crystals, variation of texture and colors stimulate a night-sky-like atmosphere. The shape of the bowl is settled, delicate, and not heavy. The color of the glaze appears with depths and layers, like the eye of the sky/heaven. From past to present, a tianmu bowl offers a world of unpredictable depth, a vessel of simplicity and grace, a highly sought after beauty by royalty, political members, and poets and artists."
It's a very nice piece!