Handmade by Kinya & Masako Furukawa in Kasama, Japan
Handthrown sakewares in stoneware. The exterior of the pourer is painted with two rabbits and waves on a blue background under a layer of glossy transparent glaze. The interior is drawn with two vivid rabbits and some bubbles. The sake cup is painted with a gold background, a rabbit in the centre and wave pattern on the sides. Classic and lovely.
Rabbits only drive on forward and never step back, so they have been considered lucky as a symbol of advancement. It is also a symbol of cleverness and self-devotion.
Dimensions of Pourer: w-14cm x h-11.5cm
Volume of Pourer: 360ml
Dimensions of Sake Cup: w-8cm x h-5cm
Volume of Sake Cup: 70ml
Kinya (born 1965) and Masako (born 1969) Furukawa are a husband and wife team who work together to make beautifully balanced and elegantly decorated pieces. Having studied under a number of famous potters, including Zenzo Hatano from the Hagi region, Kinya Furukawa throws and fires his own pieces reflecting the simple traditional style of the Hagi masters.
Masako Furukawa graduated from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and uses her illustration skills to beautifully decorate her husband's work. Her designs are based on traditional Japanese patterns, but she adds a splash of modernity to them creating elegant artwork that has a Western flavour.