Cacao”Kurinuki Chawan” Mug – Japanese Style – Handmade


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Cacao Kurinuki Chawan Mug

These handmade ones of kind pieces are put through a very unique kiln process where there are slowly heated for almost a week with Australian flora and fauna including gum leaves, nuts, and wattles, snakeskins, feathers, etc giving each piece its unique characteristics, colouring, and feel. Each mug takes on the various oils, colours and unique characteristics of these hand-collected wild native Australian ingredients.

These unique mugs are the perfect size for sipping cacao and have such a warm and inviting feel, and super smooth finish on the hands and you will literally not want to put your special mug down.

Product Details:

Kurinuki Chawan. Approximately 6-7cm high & about 8-9cm in diameter (the opposite proportions to the Kurinuki Yunomi).Kurinuki Chawan

Kurinuki is a Japanese word that translates to ‘carving out’ or ‘hollowing out. The result is that each piece is completely unique, raw looking, and primitive even in its appearance, & the heavy bases give a sense of weighty importance when holding it in your hands. The word Chawan means tea bowl, used in both Japanese & Chinese tea ceremonies, so these vessels are wider than they are tall, with no handles.


We start with a 2kg block of recycled stoneware clay, reclaimed from the ‘corners’ of our slab-built Wabi Sabi plates, & wedged into cylinders. Once the central void is excavated, the outer shape is formed using handmade tools; like bamboo & wire harps, wooden scraping devices, & repurposed metal items that serve as unlikely cutting utensils which leave curious markings sharp or blunt. This surface texture is created at various stages of drying, and & enhanced during the subsequent steps in the process.

While these pieces will be very similar in size & shape, all of our pieces are completely unique in character & markings; from dark & moody, or pale & smokey, to those with both light & dark high contrasting markings & those with subtle shades of grey all over. As such, the images here are a representation only & the pieces you receive can vary greatly from any one particular photograph you are looking at. By looking through all the images here & on our social media (where we show the process & the latest results from the kiln) you can get a more accurate vision of the markings available at the time of your order.

We cannot photograph every piece individually, as you can imagine this would take us forever & still not be representative of every beautiful marking on each piece, but this we believe is the joy of our work, every piece unique, just like you. So if you have a particular preference for markings or tones, please say so in the order comments. Otherwise, we will pick you out our favourites from the latest batch…

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