Mumyoi (pronounced moo-myo-ee) ware is a type of pottery made of Mumyoi Clay, which contains ferrous oxide and is obtained near the Sado goldmine. The products are baked in a kiln at a high temperature.
Unlike other clay wares, mumyoi ware requires extra processing efforts; raw-polish, a process that polishes the products with cotton cloth before baking, as well as a process of polishing with sand after baking. The particles of clay must be extremely fine, a quality which can only be obtained through an energy intensive filtration process using a clay-water mixture.
The products become dense and contract about 30% from their original size when baked, making the finished products exceptionally hard. They produce a clear metallic sound when tapped. The more the mumyoi ware is used, the more beautiful its shine becomes.
Originally, mumyoi was used for medical purposes such as relieving symptoms of palsy, digestive problems, burns, and helping to stop bleeding.
Our workshop is dedicated to the continuous endeavor of; producing conventional mumyoi ware, developing new glaze formulas by mixing together natural and non-organic substances such as rock, stones, and the ashes of plants and trees as well as pursuing the beauty created by yohen. Also known as a kiln mutation (or kiln effect), Yohen is a technique of kiln firing to produce varieties of colors using a climbing kiln (multi-chambered kiln), with each successive chamber at a higher level than the previous.
Vessels of mumyoi ware have been gaining popularity since they richly enhance the drinking experience of green tea, coffee, sake, and beer.
Please enjoy our mumyoi ware.
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