Nankei Pottery specialize in Bankoyaki, a traditional Japanese pottery technique practised in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. The company produces high quality, durable kyuusu and tableware that reflects on Japanese lifestyle. Quality comes first when manufacutering items, and from molding to quality check, the entire process of making a single Kyuusu involves 13 procedures.
On the black, the pattern on the cups are called crazing. The glaze reveals this unique pattern that occurred from how the clay and glaze shrunk throughout the making process. The dark color in the crazing is from the Sumi-ink, a charcoal based ink that was used.
The craze allows the color of the liquid that is held inside the cup seep through between its micro-fine lines, the craze will turn deeper in color as the cup is used overtime. You may notice a "pinging" sound until the initial crazing process settles down, but this is not a sign of defect or cracking.
Available in styles of Black Sumi-inked & Milky White.