Cicada Black, White & Gold Porcelain 5oz. Small Tea Cup, Tea Bowl, Saki Cup


This tea cup is sold alone, but it loves to come in twos. It holds 5 oz. and measures 3” in dia. and 2.25” high. It's meant for tea and is happiest when coupled with one of my teapots.
But this little cup can be used for all sorts of purposes, from holding sauces and dips to keeping jewelry and coins, add a tea light and it makes a lovely candle holder. These also make wonderful wedding favors or wedding table decorations.

**If your interested in ordering these in quantity for your wedding or special occasion, please convo me.**

This piece is wheel thrown and made of a mid-fire porcelain. The interior of the cup is painted with black underglaze, and features a cicada screen printed and hand detailed before the first firing. Each piece is then dipped in clear glaze and fired a second time. Finally, the edge of the cup is brushed with gold overglaze and fired a third time.

In Japan cicadas are seen as a symbol of reincarnation since the cicada molts when it emerges from the ground, leaving behind an empty shell. To attract females, male cicadas use the loud noisemakers on the sides of the abdomen called tymbals. Contracting and relaxing the internal tymbal muscles produces a clicking sound, the hollow interior of the abdomen amplifies the song.
Cicadas can also symbolize evanescence since some species only live long enough to attract a mate with its song and complete the process of fertilization. However, the life cycle of the Magicicadia in North America can be 13 to 17 years, when they emerge from the ground they do so en masse.

All my pieces are food safe and areas with metallic overglaze can come into contact with food and drink, but this piece is NOT microwave safe. As with any metallic surface, they could cause sparks. Avoid hard scrubbing when washing because of the possibility of scraping off the thin layer of silver overglaze, it is best to treat these pieces as you would fine china. Although silver overglaze will take repeated washings in a dishwasher, it will eventually wear away, so please hand wash.

This design is part of an open edition collection. As with most handmade work slight variations are natural.

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All items listed are ready to be shipped. Sorry, I do not do custom orders or commissions. Please alert me if there is any problem with your order and I will work to resolve the issue.


I hope that you or the recipient will love your order when you receive it, but if you don't or if it is damaged in anyway please contact me as soon as possible, preferably w/in 10 days of arrival.

Damaged Items: I will replace damaged pieces with no additional charges to you.

Returned Items: Items should be shipped back to me unused and in their original or similar packaging. I will refund the cost of returned items when I receive them back safely. The cost of shipping and return shipping will not be refunded.


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Sorry, I do not sell my work on consignment.

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