|Dimensions||107 × 112 × 87 mm|
Kiki Mugs are created with a meticulous design process, all for you to fully enjoy the distinctive aroma and flavors of specialty coffee.
They have a unique shape, like a wine glass with a gentle texture. As your lips touch the edge of the cup, it is as if you are embraced by the rich aroma and flavor.
In order to create the unique pinched shape, multiple moulds are used for each product. This means that the joints need to be smoothened by hand hence, it takes longer and is more involved than the construction of ordinary mugs.
Having the narrow rim encourages coffee to flow into the mouth smoothly, allowing the aroma to linger and the flavor to be enjoyed in every part of the mouth.
The wide bottom and spacious middle of the mug, efficiently bring the aroma out of the coffee.
Gifu prefecture is the largest producing region of ceramics in Japan and Kiki Mugs are made with the traditional Mino-yaki method. They are porcelain cups, yet have a unique smooth and wet texture.
They are porcelain cups therefore, safe for microwaves and the dishwasher.
※Pottery ware is typically not suitable for microwave.
There are various kinds of Mino-yaki products, with 15 styles certified as Traditional Craft. The four colors from the traditional styles are called “Oribe”,”Shino”,”Kizeto”, and “Setoguro”.
Oribe style was produced mainly in Mino between Momoyama and Genwa period. This style was named after Oribe Furuta, who was a tea master from Mino as this was his favorite style. The most famous design is “Ao-oribe” with its innovative shapes and patterns. Other designs include Kuro-oribe, Aka-oribe, and Namuri-oribe.
Mino is located in the south of Gifu prefecture and it is currently the largest producing region of ceramics in Japan.
The history is believed to have started when “Sue ware” was introduced from Korea more than 1300 years ago. Mino pottery became famous in Heian period and some potters in Seto region started business in Mino. This was the beginning of so-called “Koseto” era. It then moved into “Seto/Mino” era when they started using the bigger ovens. In Momoyama period, Moni-yaki pottery blossomed with the development of tea ceremony, and some potters in this “Seto/Mino” era started to develop a new style of pottery. This was the golden era in the long history of Mino. During Edo period, the number of ovens in each area became under the strict control with ownership system in place. At the same time, porcelain products came into the market and some regions even developed unique local products. Mino-yaki products became more famous in Meiji period when they got distinguished from Seto-yaki products in the market. Gosuke Kato, Danji Nishiura were some of the celebrated potters at the time and their legacy was passed onto other Mino potters of the modern time such as Toyozo Arakawa, Kagemasa Hayashi, and Keisyu Kato (all holders of Important Intangible Cultural Assets). Other potters who made some influence on the Mino pottery industry are Hajime Kato, Fujio Koyama, andSakuzo Hineno.
These potters, with their skills and attitude, haveset the high standard of Mino-yaki products, and there are more individualistic new products being released at present.