Porcelain tea cups with blue/green ("peppermint") glaze by Hanako Nakazato of Union, Maine and Karatsu, Japan. The zig zag ribbing of the cup and the blue-green glaze led Nakazato to call this a "giza giza (zig zag) peppermint" cup. H. 3.125"(8cm) x Dia. 3.125"(8cm.) Wonderfully balanced and easy to hold.
Hanako Nakazato is a 14th generation potter from Japan. The Nakazato family is a well-known pottery family in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, with the 12th generation Nakazato Taroemon being designated a National Living Treasure for Karatsu ceramics. Hanako moved to the US at age 16 to pursue her education. While in the US, she took a renewed interest in her cultural roots, especially the Japanese food culture, and decided to return home to to learn pottery from her father, Takashi Nakazato. Since her debut exhibition at Manyodo Gallery in Tokyo, in 2000, she has shown her work extensively in Japan and the US. In 2007, she established her studio monohanako in Karatsu, Japan. In 2010, she established another studio monohanakowest in Union, ME. She currently divides her time between Japan and the US.