Shape of the cups are traditional style of Japan, also China. It is authentic shape for tea and sake.
The lip of cup is thin, feel well and you can concentrate more to taste of tea. The carved lip deliver tea to your tongue smoothly, aroma and flavor spread into your mouth just by tilting a cup a bit in your hand.
Shinemon’s porcelain stone is very while like snow. Please pay attention to unglazed part, which is bottom of the cup and foot ring.
It is purely white. Shinemon’s clay is high grade and it also the reason to gives good effect to the color of glaze made in kiln.
They manipulate kiln atmosphere (flame, temperature, oxygen etc) and create beautiful colors.
Glazes on cups turn to unexpected colors if it is not controlled well.
Making such graceful colors stably and constantly is not easy, it is influenced by many elements.
Some colors are most beautiful when firing in winter. So they make the ones in winter mostly.
Crystalline glaze sometimes result in not enough crystals on body. Only the ones with beautiful crystals are selected and handed to customers.