Handmade by Kinya & Masako Furukawa in Kasama, Japan
Handthrown sakewares in stoneware. The Three Friends of Winter is an art motif that comprises the pine, bamboo, and plum. Hand-painted with both on-glaze and under-glaze. Traditional decorative pattern with a modern twist.
Pine, bamboo, and plum as a set is an auspicious symbol of the Japanese New Year. The pine represents strength, the bamboo represents longevity, and the plum represents beauty and optimism.
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.