Friday, March 28, 2014


The term meoto for a set of his/her matched teacups (yunomi) comes from the ancient site, significant to Shinto in Ise Bay in Mie Prefecture. The site is known as Meoto-Iwa, the wedding rocks representing male and female perpetually linked by a length of straw rope, shimenawa. The rocks spring out of the water and are best seen during the summer months with Fuji out in the distance and the sun rising between them. The illustrated set of meoto yunomi are glazed in my lepidolite Oribe glaze over a rinka, lobed form with vertical strokes of black around the cups. There is something rather satisfying making sets that you know are going to be used, hopefully over a very long period of time.