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SOMA
Soma-yaki (Soma ware) is characterized by the “ao-hibi” or blue-green cracking that covers the surface. An apple ash and sumi-kannyu (crackle) glaze is used to achieve this effect. Soma can also be recognized by the “Hashiri-Uma” or galloping horse motif, which is said to have been requested by a feudal lord in the mid-1600’s to show pride in the region’s ability to breed and train quality horses.

Perhaps the most distinguishing design feature of Soma is its double-walled construction. The inner and outer pieces are thrown separately by the potter and allowed to dry and firm for a short period. The inner piece is then mated to the outer piece. This design not only keeps the liquid inside hot, but also the outer surface cool, allowing one to easily hold the vessel.

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