Illustrated is a fine set of kannyu seiji yunomi by veteran potter Furukawa Toshio (b.1949) presented as a sencha tea set with accompanying floral etched metal saucers. Though not entirely what the pottery may have expected, together the set creates a sense of luxury and conjures up images of artisans and literati seated around a table discussing art and aesthetics both past and present. Though paired as a sencha set by a previous owner these simple celadon cups are up for the challenge of a variety of uses related to the drinking of tea though I could imagine them with any beverage, spirit or condiment and that is the beauty of pottery, there are no absolutes nor strict guidelines. As a potter and collector it is the adaptability of purpose that is fascinating creating a broader conversation and a deeper partnership between the user and the used.
"My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel." Shakespeare (Hamlet)