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Tsuboyayaki: The southernmost Japanese prefecture, Okinawa, was once its own kingdom for more than five hundred years (1372 - 1879). The Ryukyu Kingdom and the society and culture that developed around it was a crossroads between Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. Tsuboyayaki or Tsuboya ware is the traditional pottery technique of the Ryukyu culture, and is well-known throughout Japan. Recently, the kilns of Okinawa have been so popular that they sell their products to retailers at markets held every 3 months where buyers line up for 2-3 hours just to get in.
We found this beautiful cup at a café/shop Chataro in Okinawa, so unfortunately, only one unit of this item is available. Hopefully, we'll be able to get in touch with the ceramic artist to procure more.
7.8 cm (3.07 in)
5 cm (1.97 in)
90 ml (3.06 fl oz)
67.5 grams (2.38 oz)
Measurements above are approximate
150 grams (5.3 oz)
Use mild soap and soft sponge or cloth for washing. Do not use in dishwasher or microwave.
tomboy (Yuuki Tomura) (more info below)
ARTIST DESCRIPTION: Yuuki Tomura
"Things destroyed in the past, thing being destroyed today, things that may be destroyed in the future. I want to express these impermanence of human, things, or feelings with my ceramic works. My desire is to put a smile on someone's face who see my work in the distant future." (translated from the original words by Yuuki)
About the artist, Yuuki Tomura
Yuuki Tomura is a ceramic artist active in Okinawa, under the artist name "tomboy." He currently teaches at Avurn Pottery & Ceramic Art School.
Past Exhibitions 2008: "Otokonomi オトコノミ" at Okinawa Prefectural University of Art, University Museum 2009: "＋tic (プラスチック)" (plastic) at Okinawa Prefectural University of Art, University Museum 2010: "Art Students' Exhibition" at ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, NY 2011: Exhibition of four ceramic ware specialists "沖山愛奈 (oki-yama-ai-na)" at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum 2011: "Five Potter's Special Exhibition" at Ryubo Department Store, Art Salon 2011: Exhibition "chiisana taisaku" (small major work) at Takamitsu Gallery 2011: Tomura Yuuki Ceramic Works Exhibition "- Bi Sho Jo- 美少女" (beautiful girl) at Takamitsu Gallery
Awards 2011: "TOAUNYU Prize" at the Ryuseki Corporation 60th Anniversary Event, "tsugu mono tachi 継ぐものたち" (followers)