窯元 : 青龍窯
産地 : 平清水焼 (山形県)
住所 : 〒990-2401 山形県山形市平清水50−1
“Seiryugama ,which is based in the town of Hirashimizu, Yamagata city, was founded approximately 140 years ago at the beginning of the Meiji period. Their atelier has been producing a variety of Hirashimizu-ware using traditional methods and locally-sourced clay and glaze materials over several generations. Hirashimizu lies at the base of Mt.Chitose, a beautiful cone-shaped mountain covered with ancient pine trees and in winter everything is covered with snow.
Their most characteristic glaze is a buttery-white glaze called Zansetsu which means “the remaining snow in early spring”. The glaze is applied over their local stoneware that is rich in iron. The long firing results in a complex, rich and slightly mottled surface. This subtle but sophisticated glaze mirrors the quiet beauty of the village and its surroundings. Their guinomi enhances its charm with Sake by itself and brings out more flavor to feast those who are fond of drinking sake. “
Seiryu-gama has a workshop in Hirashimizu, Yamagata City and has continued to create pottery wares since the Bunka era (1804–1818), all the while handing down the traditions of Hirashimizu ware through the generations.
The mountains surrounding Hirashimizu are dense with pine trees and are covered in dark green, but when winter arrives, the scenery changes completely. Snow covers everything and the world turns pure white. Using original clay from the local mountains and a unique glaze known as zansetsu, sixth-generation potter Mayumi Niwa imbues her work with the visual mood of this [winter] scenery.
Pour hot sake into a sake cup created with this zansetsu glaze, and it will appear utterly pure, as if it was about to melt away.
It makes the sake go down well and will move sake-lovers to tears.