Thursday, June 19, 2008

GOHONDE-Yunomi, Seigan Yamane

Another winner. A GOHONDE-Yunomi made by Seigan Yamane. The colorful spot pattern is called GOHONDE or HOTARU (firefly). This pattern is also called "Fawn spots". Either way, it's a beautiful cup to drink from.

"Gohon wares originated in Korea and were order-made for Japanese tea masters and the daimyo class in the late 1500s. Orders were sent to the distant kilns via a design book, the "honorable book" (go hon), thus the name.

The "gohonde" technique's characteristic orange or pink spots appear only under the most precise kiln conditions - a narrow window where oxygen is sapped out of the ash slip during reduction firing." source
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