Wine Cup

Monohanako

The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Wine Cup Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Wine Cup Handmade in USA
  • The Good Supply in Pemaquid Maine Japanese Artist Monohanako Ceramic Wine Cup Handmade in USA
  • $28.00

The gentle curves of this cup beautifully mimic one’s natural relaxed grip, while a turned lip make it a dream to sip. As easily suited to wine as to water or an aperitif, the act of imbibing feels reverential with this thoughtfully-designed vessel.

The glossy navy glaze reminds one of gazing into a deep summer lake or the deep blue interpretation of a Maine blueberry. The matte white glaze looks like icing on a cake. Having been fired low in the kiln, Monohanako's typical 'snow glaze' looks quite different and remarkably beautiful to behold and tactile to touch.

- Measures approximately 3.25" x 3.25"
- Navy glaze is glossy
- Icing white glaze is matte
- 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 of this ideal.

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 here. She translates the color of the sky 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 “finished” or made complete through use.

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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