This mug was made in Mie, Japan by Shinichi Kotsuji. Kotsuji-san makes not only every piece by hand, but also the clay from the textured soil found in this prefecture. The mug features a smooth, earthy grey glaze and an easy to hold handle.
A couple of years ago we were wandering through the big market at the Kitano-temmangū Shrine, where we came across Mr. Kotsuji's stall. Instantly drawn to his work, we filled our backpack with his ceramic goods and lugged it back to the hotel. It wasn't until this year that we were cleaning out our shop drawers and found his business card and reached out to him again. We've been working with him to bring his beautiful pieces to Australia since.
Shinichi Kotsuji moved to the prefecture of Mie, as he was drawn to the textured nature of the soil. He set up his workshop in the town of Iga, where he makes his own clay from the soil and builds each piece by hand.