Teppei Terada’s “Plum Blossom in Spring Wind” is symmetrical flower shaped guinomi (sake cup), glazed with Teppei’s famous blue colour, decorated with various spring blossoms as well as lightening patterns. Geometric patterns were drawn on the base leg, making this compact guinomi rather detailed and celebratory.
This beautiful work of Teppei reminds of the tale of “Tobiume” (Flying Plum Blossom).
This is about a holy white plum tree in Dazaifu-Tenmangu in Fukuoka Prefecture, where Michizane Sugawara is worshiped as the god for Study. Michizane lost in political power struggle in 901, and was sent to very far Dazaifu. Michizane had to leave Kyoto suddenly leaving his beloved white plum tree, Sakura tree and Pine tree behind. Michizane made a poem to White Plum tree as follows:
“When Spring Wind Comes, fly along to scent me in Dazaifu, my dear plum tree, regardless of my existence, never forget Spring”
Michizane was saddened to leave his beloved trees, and never wanted to forget about them. Sakura tree died out of sadness for losing Michizane, Pine and White Plum Trees have received his loving thoughts, and flew with the wind to Dazaifu, but Pine Tree landed in Hyogo prefecture and only White Plum tree arrived in Dazaifu over night. This tree has become the holy white plum tree in Dazaifu Tenmangu still existing 1000 years later at present. It is called “Tobiume” (flying plum blossom).
Plum blossoms mean “Elegance”, “Patience” “Sincerity” and “Faithful”.
There are lightening patterns on the inner design of this guinomi, Michizane was worshiped as the god of lightening, first, then became the god of academic study, afterward.
I would love to enjoy “Hanami” with this guinomi, thinking of the tale of “Tobiume”.
Teppei Terada was born in Seto City, Aichi Prefecture in 1975 into a family with a long line of former potters. Teppei is specialised in Oribe principle pottery, Green, Black and Blue in particular. His design is very unique and has a modern feel to it and its shape is fluid and natural. He graduated in 1998 from Tokyo Zokei University where he majored in Sculpture. Following this, he felt the call of his ceramic ancestry and set up his first studio in Seto, an area of long standing historical relevance to Japanese ceramics. Teppei is the 5th generation of Teradas, with ongoing traditions, his family created a foundation over 100 years ago. Bright, natural, cosmic colours and fluid painterly designs mark out his work, which is very tied to Japanese culture.