mmm, yup ... 
mind if i share another cup study?

this one ...
a saucer'less'
handpainted
made in japan
noritake
cup

i found it a couple of weeks ago while treasure hunting
with anna, our son's girlfriend ...
i suppose i have always been drawn to these artful pieces
but was particularly so, this day
since the recent devastation in japan 

have you ever held one of these frangible beauties?
and looked closely at the brisk brush strokes?
i love the little painting ...
how the light shines through and lights up the colours ...
how delicate the ceramic work is ...

it feels so fine to the touch ...
i haven't sipped tea from it's thin lip yet
but i will ...

i decided to do a bit of research
and found many fascinating facts
about this world renown chinaware
and what the various stamps signify ...
this mark, i believe, was registered in 1918
and would be used between the 1920's and 1940's.

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i just can't stop thinking about the people in japan ...
little did i know when i began this post that just today, almost one month to the day, 
they would experience a huge aftershock ~ another earthquake ...

it makes one really and truly grateful for the many
gifts we are bestowed with every day ...

the best gifts give again ...
which i write about this week at the i.studio
where we are sharing everyday gifts for the month of april

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artists around the world have come together
to lend aid and support to the people of japan
through various auctions and sales of their wares ...

i have been following the handmade for japan page on facebook
where i learned of a pottery village that suffered immense damage in the quake ...

Mashiko is a pottery village about 62 miles north of Tokyo 
and was seriously damaged in the earthquake.
The 90 pottery businesses suffered an estimated $9 million of damage,
with scores of kilns destroyed and much of the output turned into rubble.

the human loss and suffering ... the material ruin ... it is all so incomprehensible

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makes me appreciate my artful little cup, all the more

xo

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16 comments:

Jillsy Girl said...

where did you find that gem? your images fully portray the delicate nature. i would be afraid to put boiling water in it and drink from it. it's too beautiful!

yes, heartbreaking about japan and another jolt today. i haven't watched the news so i'm not aware of any damage yet. i hope it was minor.

deb colarossi said...

I've missed you...
And this was well worth the wait.

Anna said...

Your little cup is a treasure which you have captured artfully! The painting is so delicate and luminous. A lovely find.

The destruction and loss that Japan has experienced is so hard to see. Everyone's heart aches for them.

Dagmar said...

that was so beautifully written..aren't we just blessed to be Canadians and to have such big hearts as to help out everywhere in the world. there are so many things in this world that are fragile..like your cup..and knowing that it is from Japan is a timely reminder.
ox
d

Kamana said...

too beautiful to drink from

Catherine said...

Your cup is so delicate and beautiful!

There is so much devastation in Japan ~ it will take many many years to heal. So sad.

xo Catherine

Jamie said...

I continue to pray for Japan, and have loved watching the world step forward to provide support.

Your cup study is so, so lovely.

ELK said...

i so enjoy the way you artfully photographed this cup ..my heart breaks to see such destruction in that rubble. you captured my heart today~

Marcie said...

Their pottery work is so beautiful..as is their ability to 'illustrate' and paint on it. The cup you found is an absolute beauty. Love how you've creatively put the images together. And - yes - we're all devastated by the destruction in Japan. That photo says more than 1000 words. So..so..so sad!

Jan said...

Delicate and beautiful cup and I love the color. What talent! Can't even begin to imagine what it must be like in Japan right now. So sad.

Cindy said...

What a lovely post. It is so sad to see the destruction in Japan. Hopefully the world will step up and help this beautiful country rebound.
Your little cup is such a treasure, so delicate. Your photos of it are beautiful

Kelli said...

That last picture is heartbreaking - as are so many images from Japan these days.
Your little tea cup is quite lovely.

My Prairie Lair said...

You were truly meant to find the little teacup treasure. As a reminder to gather together our healing energies to send out to the people of Japan.

Joyce said...

As soon as I saw your beautiful cup I knew it was handpainted. I use to paint on porcelain. Some wonderful artists I have painted with- I even have some vintage pieces I treasure.

The photo of the pile of broken treasures pinched my heart. I hope and pray for a brighter tomorrow for our friends over there. xo

lisa said...

Noritake china is just amazing, and this particular cup is just gorgeous!
I especially love the second shot. It is such a beautiful composition!

beth said...

that photo just broke my heart....well all the photos out of japan have done that actually.....but a tiny part of me thought how great it would be to have some of those tiny pieces...like seashells or rocks from any beloved shoreline.....