MUSHITARO - Satsuma-yaki Tenhire Yunomi Teacup

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Origin: Satsuma-yaki
Producer: Mushitaro
Material: Clay
Capacity: 120 ml
Shipping from: Japan


Satsuma-yaki is a pottery that has been produced in Kagoshima prefecture and has a history of over 400 years. "Tenhire" means the palm of the Kagoshima dialect. Since this is a handmade work that is carefully shaped on the palm, I named it "Tenhire Yusumi" Each work has different cracks and shapes, so it is an original and unique yunomi teacup in the world. The finishing process is called Dorokan.


What is Drokan?

The clay of Kurosatsuma was dipped in the clay of white pottery clay to crack the surface. After that, the glaze of Kurosatsuma is applied to the cracks and fired in the kiln. This is new style of Kurosatsuma invented by Mushitaro.

About color and shape

Since this product is handmade one by one, there are some differences in shape and size. The glaze is easy to change in the kiln, and the appearance may differ slightly from the photo. Please enjoy each uniqueness.

Product Details

Material: Clay

Dimensions: H 75 mm, D 80 mm

Care Instructions: Hand wash and leave to dry with the top off. Do not wash in dishwater. Avoid abrasive cleansers or steel wool.


Artist Profile

Artist: Mushitaro

Kiln: Tsukinomushi Kiln

Site: Satsuma-yaki,

Location: Kagoshima prefecture, Japan

About Satsuma-yaki

Satsuma-yaki, a traditional Japanese pottery, is primarily produced in Kagoshima Prefecture. Tracing its origins to the early 17th century, it flourished under the protection of the Satsuma Domain (now Kagoshima Prefecture). There are two main styles of Satsuma-yaki: 'White Satsuma' and 'Black Satsuma.' White Satsuma is known for its flamboyant and ornate decorations, featuring inlay work and gold painting. In contrast, Black Satsuma has a more rustic appearance with brown or black glazes, suitable for everyday use.

Satsuma-yaki often involves intricate carving and painting, requiring advanced techniques. White Satsuma pieces are typically adorned with vivid colors such as gold, red, and green, depicting landscapes, people, and birds-and-flowers scenes. On the other hand, Black Satsuma focuses on the simplicity of its appearance and the quality of its finish.

Satsuma-yaki ceramics come in various forms including tea ceremony utensils, vases, plates, and decorative objects. Its beauty and artistry hold a significant place in Japanese ceramic culture.


We store our inventory in two locations: Japan and the United States. This is because we currently have a large customer base in America. In the future, we plan to expand our distribution centers to other countries. For details on shipping methods and delivery charges, please click here.

We strive to deliver our products to our customers as quickly and affordably as possible by stocking them in both Japan and the United States wherever feasible. However, some of our teaware, especially those with limited stock or high popularity among customers worldwide, are only stocked in Japan.

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