It is well known in Japan that 98% of Japanese gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture. But not many people know that Kanazawa also produces 100% of Japan's silver leaf. This cup series is the embodiment of a marriage between two of Ishikawa's famous craftsmanships: Kutani porcelain and Ginsai silver leaf. It sparkles fiercely yet romantically clutches at the heart. It appears pottery-like but is actually porcelain, so is tough and shock-resistant. It's also comfortable to hold as it's well-designed to fit neatly into the palm of your hand. These cups are extremely popular in select shops in Japan.
Here we've introduced a range of four different designs of the Ginsai cup series for your selection. They are ideal as an everyday cup or when entertaining guests.
Details of the products might vary from these images due to their hand-crafted nature.
Kutani baked their very first porcelain at the discovery of kaolin stone in Kutani-village in the Daishouji region in 1655. This first era of porcelain production is now called 'Ko-Kutani (古九谷：Old Kutani)' and covers a period of fifty years until the sudden closure of all the kilns with no explanation nor discovery of the reason for this. Around 100 years after this mysterious hiatus, new smoke rose again from the kilns' chimneys at Kanazawa. At the end of the Edo period (19th Century), the famous 'Aka-e' (red paint) style was born. The new Kutani producers of this period are now called 'Revival Kutani'.
After the Meiji Restoration (1868), potters lost financial support from their local rulers, and the craftsmen were forced to thrive and prosper independently. They found a way to export Aka-e porcelain that lavishly used gold leaf, thus making Kutani renowned in Europe as 'Japan Kutani'.
Fujita Bizan started their own business at Nomi (Ishikawa prefecture) at beginning of 20th century as a pattern drawer for Kutani porcelain. Bring modern ideas to the Kutani traditions, everyday dedicated to study shaping, colouring, and designing which will meet the public demands.
This item is delivered in a solid box, so makes an ideal gift.
*These cups are porcelain, but due to their decorative silver leaf design, they are not suitable for microwave use.
*You can use a dishwasher, but it's possible the surface may become scratched, so handwashing is preferable in order to prolong their use and appearance.