Impress all of your house guests with these beautiful handmade galaxy cups. When a clear liquid is poured into the cup a three-dimensional galaxy appears to be suspended inside the liquid. From any angle, it looks as if you are peering into a miniature galaxy! Each of these cups is individually handcrafted by Japanese artist Hiromi Sato. Her creations are absolutely fascinating and are sure to leave any person captivated!
The cups are called “Chu Cocoro” meaning “space heart”, a fitting description for the mini universes inside.
Each cup is manufactured from a single plate of steel giving it a unique texture and surface finish.
The cups undergo a process called oxidative coloring to receive its unique look.
Ms. Sato then individually hand paints each cup and layers on a durable top coat of clear lacquer.
The cups are then finished with gold dusting to add an eye catching shimmer to each galaxy.
Because they are handmade no two cups are alike!
Hiromi is based in Japan, a country well known for intricate and delicate art work.
Originally designed for sake, the cups have an international appeal and are in high demand.
The artist is located in Sakai City, Niigata, famed for its brilliant sake.
The city is home to over 90 sake breweries and is known for producing the worlds finest sake.
Due to this exceeding popularity, the cups sell out in minutes every time new inventory is put up for sale.
As you would expect, the cups are not cheap, priced at 10,000 yen ($90.56 USD) per cup.
Hiromi also sells a cheaper clear acrylic cup for 4,400 yen, or $40 USD.
While still beautiful, these cups do not have the hand painted galaxy design that is so highly desired.
“There is such a huge reaction, and I am surprised. However, there are no more cups available right now. We apologize for any inconvenience, please wait for a while. Thank you in advance.” Ms. Sato has written on her blog.
The cups are currently sold out with no guaranteed date of restocking.
You can keep an eye out for a Chu Cocoro cup restocking or browse Hiromi Sato’s entire cup line here.
More info: Sansaku
It is too bad these cups are in such high demand, having a full set of these would be a truly unique addition to any home. Due to their extreme worldly demand, Hiromi Sato is allowing each customer to only purchase one cup per batch. If I did somehow get my hands on one of these galaxy cups I might be scared to use it because of its beauty. Good thing they are made from durable stainless steel!