Vintage Somayaki,soma Ware,double Wall Japanese Pottery
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Vintage Somayaki,soma Ware,double Wall Japanese Pottery:
This listing is for a single somayaki cup. I am revising today because I have become aware that most of the Soma Ware potters, if not all, were affected by the nuclear accident that Japan had as a result of the tsunami. I don't know if any are producing still or have started up again.This is fabulous pottery, a traditional form that goes back at least 4 centuries. The number of potters in Northern Japan who make this pottery still is less than 30. Each piece is made in 2 sections, an inner cylinder and an outer cylinder. Prior to firing, the 2 cylinders are joined, leaving a gap between. Decoration, heart shapes generally, are carved in the outer layer. Gold trim and gold decoration with gold horses is then hand applied. Even plates are made this way. Hot beverages are comfortable to the touch because of the double walled construction. Who needs a handle?!? Because each step in the process is completely hand done, each piece is entirely unique. I could list them as individual pieces, take a bezillion pix, but why? I would get confused. You might get confused. Each one is lovely. The squatty tumbler cups hold 5-6 ounces. These small tumblers had or still have the golden horse on the bottom of the inside rather than outside. Most of the horses on the interiors are pretty worn, so you only see what is remaining of the golden horse. Out of the 70 cups that have sold so far, I had one person purchase a single small cup and complain that the horse was worn. I have found him one with the horse pretty intact, but it brought to my attention the fragile nature of the gold. Much like china that is in great shape, but has the gold trim worn, this gold is pretty fragile. I imagine that if folks stirred with a spoon, it wouldn't take long for the horse to disappear.Shipping discounts apply when I get the package made up. Sturdy though these wonderful crackle glaze pieces are, we still need to get them to you safely.This is what I still have
5 to 6 ounce squatty teacups 14
total pieces still 14
I ship by FedEx and the post office, depending on cost and whether I think one can handle your package better than the other. .........Good job, you found the listing. So many of my shoppers are pretty new. Here are a few things that no one will probably tell you, but EVERYone will expect you to know. Customer Service is something that we have a right to expect when we are shoppers. All stores have a CS Department and it is busy all the time. If you require CS in this life, that does NOT mean that life sucks and the store sucks and your experience has been rotten. If it did, there would be no stores open anywhere in the world or else CS would have to put up bullet proof kiosks, right? As a shopper, your responsibilities, along with paying of course, include reading your email. Is your email address on file current??? CS issues sometimes arise prior to shipping. Maybe the wind crashes a shelf and your item is broken, no longer available. It would be best if the seller could inform you prior to that angry email from you that says , Hey, where's my stuff??? There are all sorts of reasons for a seller to contact you, things that don't come up in a face to face purchase. So, the shopping is easy, but check your SPAM/BULK filters for emails that could be important. Most of us are running little part time businesses. We work alone, have no fill in employee, and thanks to the internet, we make things available to folks all over the world, things we could never afford to truck around to some place where you might notice it. We all want things to go smoothly and we're all learning as we go. OK, now have a good time. Eva . . . . . . . . . . .. Now, you'd think I didn't have to say this, but read the doggone listing. If I sell you a "pink vase", don't say you're upset because it is pink. If I sell a pattern called "smooth Edwardian" don't say you don't want it because it is smooth. Really, I have had this happen lately. If the name of the pattern is in CAPS and your objection is because you didn't read the name in the item title and didn't look at the picture, don't tell the "item is not as described". Really. I don't invent this stuff, it really happens. Oh, and items received broken are a claim, not a "return because the item is not as described." You may not realize that has penalties against sellers who deliver items that are not as described. If the package is smashed, it is a claim, not a return. We are both victims when there is a claim. "Not as described" implies that the seller was trying to cheat you in some way.
Just in case I have been unclear in any way - 1 in every 20 packages has some sort of damage, maybe something is shattered, maybe a single cup has a handle cracked. This is a Customer Service issue. Arriving damaged is not a complaint situation, not an attempt to ruin your life, not a conspiracy to defraud you of $10 and certainly no reason to call a package "not as described." As a rule, my policy is that I make a refund for what has been damaged upon receipt of a digital picture of the item broken beyond usefulness. Why? A. It saves you the return postage that was standard [procedure in the days before digital pictures. B. What earthly good would it do me to get a broken item back. C. A teensy crack might not show up in a picture that might transfer as 2 inches square on a screen, so let's whack it beyond usefulness and make it obvious to me. Sometimes when there is breakage, I actually find replacement pieces with another seller and make the purchase and get them shipped directly to you. With my type of inventory, each damage claim is dealt with differently, as the situation demands. If you are unwilling to handle a possible damage claim in this fashion, shop with another seller, please, please, please. Have a nice life, but stay out of my store. After you argue about how you really want a refund and want to keep your purchase also, what am I to think? I do everything I possibly can to dissuade fruitcakes from purchasing in my store, not because fruitcakes are no fun, but because they are the first people to complain to that I want them to do something unreasonable like prove the item is really broken. If you are judgement impaired by whatever legal or illegal chemical means, please be irrational elsewhere. Plenty of stuff out there.