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Gourd teacup

Black unglazed ceramic

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The sight of this ceramic teacup sometimes feels more calming than the tea it holds. Crafted with a narrow opening to keep the aroma within for full enjoyment, it fits comfortably in your hands. Handmade in Mikawachi, in the Nagasaki Prefecture, it is created by Japanese artisans who have been passing on their crafts since the mid-eighteenth century.


Each cup is handmade with slight differences in colour, pattern, shape and size as a result of the process. The cup may also be used for drinking water, sake or other alcoholic beverages. Its exterior is unglazed and very pleasant to the touch.

Height 80mm, diameter 70 mm


Before first use, immerse the teacup in water and boil it for 30 minutes. Please also check the base of your item. If you feel any roughness to the touch, we recommend using a tablecloth or mat to avoid damaging your surfaces. You can also choose to polish it with extra-fine sandpaper or rub it in a circular motion against the base of an identical item to smooth. After use, hand wash it carefully with a soft sponge and dry thoroughly. Do not wash it with any cleansing agents and avoid using abrasive sponges, dishwashers or drying machines.

The cup must not be directly exposed to temperature shocks – whether from a flame, conventional oven, microwave, induction cooktop, freezer, refrigerator or other source of heat or cold. Avoid any shocks or friction. If you notice any cracks, chips or deep scrapes, please stop using the item, as these can cause it to break at any time.

Taking care of your cup includes avoiding stacking it with other objects to prevent scratches or cracks. Use spoons and other hard utensils with extra care to avoid striking or scraping.

As our objects are crafted in small batches and often made-to-order by our artisans, we regretfully do not accept any returns.