Tall Tumbler in Snow

Monohanako

Tall Tumbler in Snow
  • Tall Tumbler in Snow
  • Tall Tumbler in Snow
  • $50.00

Handmade by Monohanako, this cup is designed to be held, its contents to be enjoyed over long conversations or in peaceful moments of contemplation.

The graceful shape rises from a small round base to a ridge perfectly placed for a gently curved finger to have an effortless yet secure grasp.

The artist called the glaze “snow” after a serendipitous accident altered one of her white glazes. Close inspection reveals the delightful reason behind this naming. The smooth base glaze is covered in icy star-shaped crystals reminiscent of what appears on windows during cold winter nights. Perhaps, it’s more apt to describe the effect as snowflakes falling on snow.

- Measures approximately 4” tall x 3” wide
- Single and double ridge designs as pictured
- Snow glaze
- Wash by hand


Like all of Monohanako’s work, this piece is delicate. Its fragility requires the beholder to be present in the moment, even when washing a dish after use. Placing a soft liner between each piece when stacking multiple is worth the moment of gentle pause. How clever to use a handmade work of art to remind us to be present for every moment life offers us.

Hanako Nakazato is a 14th generation potter from Japan. Her technique and philosophy are rooted in the ceramic traditions of Karatsumono, but working and living in the West have influenced the shapes and surfaces of her work.  

Dividing her time between her studios in and Union, Maine and Kyushu, Japan, Hanako creates exquisite yet simple forms that balance beauty and functionality.

The pristine landscapes and dramatic seasonal changes of Maine have clearly inspired the colors and textures in Hanako’s work in the years she has spent in the United States. She translates the color of where sky meets water at dawn to the glaze of a cup and the speckles of a bird’s egg to the surface of a bowl.

Even while the colors and textures stimulate the imagination, Monohanako pieces maintain a simplicity and purity of form that leaves room for whatever the vessel might hold. Hanako believes that her pottery is only “finished” or made complete through use.

More about that topic can be found in an epicurean food blog titled Cultivated Days, which has been developed by Hanako’s spouse Prairie Wolfe. The essay regarding Hanako’s work relative to food presentation is explained in an essay titled “Consider the Cook.”

From the Artist: “Every day is different. Just like you change what you wear based on different seasons, occasions and your mood, I hope you enjoy the changes in everyday life through how you use pottery.”

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