These handmade porcelain teacup and saucer sets may look like matched pairs, but it's all a delightful illusion. When together, the cup appears to mirror a distorted version of the plate's colorful geometric design. When separated, the colors scatter, and it's evident that the cup has no pattern of its own. Its shiny, reflective surface allows it to pick up the plate's pattern vibrantly.
The cup's reflective, nearly metallic sheen is derived from a coating of the chemical element palladium. Each set is crafted from regional-specialty Hamasi porcelain and carefully hand-painted by craftsmen in Japan. The artists safeguard against blemishes on the cups to guarantee smooth, even surfaces that provide the dazzling reflections.
via [Spoon & Tamago]