Handcrafted: Three Pines Farm Yunomi Cup
Handcrafted: Three Pines Farm Yunomi Cup
Meet the cup two years in the making.
At Three Pines Farm we just don't do ordinary. We believe in impeccable quality - in everything, always - and that art should be a vibrant part of everyone's everyday. Sometimes that extra focus on quality takes extra time, but, as they say, good things are worth waiting for. And this special cup is the stunning result of patience in perfecting each detail.
Truly a work of art, we are humbled and honored to say this yunomi cup was handcrafted by Iowa's own Emily Kiewel of Tombo Studio. It is a striking combination of wheel-thrown pottery, handmade heritage iron glaze, and 22K gold. A sleek, handleless cup traditional for tea, we find it excels at many uses beyond that... for hot or cold beverages, as a snack cup, a petite flower pot, vase, and beyond.
Each cup measure roughly 3.5" wide by 3.25" high, and holds approximately 6 oz. It is made from non toxic materials is completely food safe. Please, due to the 22K gold design element, do not use this cup in a microwave. Hand washing is recommended.
About the Artist:
Emily Kiewel creates functional pottery in Charles City, Iowa. Her workshop is located next to her home nestled in a small patch of Walnut and Oak trees near the Cedar River. She has been making and selling functional pottery for close to twenty years. She discovered throwing while in college. After receiving her BA she continued throwing pots on her own. During this time she realized that working with her hands and being creative could be more than just a hobby and decided to make it her career.
She moved to Japan for over two years where she received her most formative training. She was lucky enough to find a potter to teach her. Not just any potter but a third generation production potter immersed and educated in the tradition of forming beautifully crafted functional ware for use in the home. The training was rigorous. Often, a day would consist of forming a single shape hundreds of times over. Each was recycled until a perfect item was created.
The techniques she learned are over 2000 years old. She makes her own tools for each piece in her repertoire. One of these is a "tombo" which is made from bamboo. It is used like a caliper and measures the depth and width of the pot to keep the size consistent. Tombo means dragonfly in Japanese. She also makes a wooden rib for each piece out of cherry wood and uses Japanese trimming tools.
She fires her porcelain and stoneware in a gas fired kiln, usually in a reduction atmosphere, reaching temperatures to over 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. She mixes all her glazes, some of which are her own recipes. Since her pieces are made to be used in the kitchen and home, they contain no lead or other harmful metals and are food-safe.
"I am motivated by the materials I use and my surroundings. I use elemental substances coupled with a spinning wheel and gravity which I influence with my will. All which are primordial and basic. With earth, fire, patterns on a beetle or a tree trunk I create an object that is made to enrich the daily rituals of life."
About the Pricing of this Custom Cup:
We have two pricing options.
1) At cost (plus shipping): $21.40 each (includes tax)
2) At cost + $5 in support of Three Pines Farm's programming (plus shipping): $26.75 (includes tax)
Your choice. Either way, we appreciate your support of the handcrafted arts with this purchase.
Shipping & Returns:
Pick Up: At Three Pines Farm at an arranged time, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Shipping fee will be refunded to you.
Shipping: $6.00 flat-rate per order. Ships out within 3 days to United States addresses only. Will arrive at your doorstep within 10 days.
Returns: Returns are accepted within 14 days of purchase. Item should be in original condition and shipped in the original packing. Shipping must be paid by customer.
* Very limited quantities available. Given the handcrafted nature of these cups, there may be slight variation between cups. Due to differences in computer displays, the color may vary slightly from what you see here.