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diameter: 4.52inch (11.5cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm) weight: 11.99oz (340g)
Made by Shohraku Sasaki at Shohraku Kiln.
Shohraku Kiln, opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto. Shohraku Sasaki is the third generation of family artisans at the kiln.
This SHUNKAN matcha bowl is created after the original by Chohjiroh Raku (circa 1500 to 1589), the father of Raku Yaki, who began to create Raku Yaki under the supervision of Rikyu Sen who indurated Teaism. (For more information, pleae click here.)
It is said that SHUNKAN is the work most representative of his simple and formative style, which is the original foundation of Raku Yaki. High quality duplication traditionally has been admired for established Japanese ceramics since creating high quality duplication requires extremely skilled and broad-based techniques in all aspects of creation, and often compels the artisan to meticulously recreate an atmosphere which often was created on accident by the original artisan. Only a few artisans can duplicate historical treasured arts of Raku Yaki.
The art of Chohjiroh Raku clears away all embellishment and hyperbole in the pursuit of true beauty. The simple formative design was inspired by Teaism and Zen spiritual culture.
Harmonies and contrasts of tension and respite, flatness and curve of this SHUNKAN are indescribably noble and elegant. It is said that this is one of Chojiroh's most beautiful works. The rim of this piece is thin and designed with some fluctuation in height. The middle and lower sides are deliberately and boldly whittled away and taken up. The bottom is also whittled away and the shape looks moderately undulate. Though the above formative designs are moderate, they create a noble, elegant atmosphere. It feels very soft and warm to the touch by hands or mouth. This form epitomized not only all of Chojiroh's creations but all matcha bowls of future generations.
The black glaze of Chojiro's works is not shiny but matte and moderated because of the kiln burning technique. The black glaze of Raku Yaki is made from the rare and precious KAMOGAWA stone, found only in the Kamogawa River, which flows through the city of Kyoto. Of course, the glaze of this ceramic bowl is made from KAMOGAWA stone.
This SHUNKAN is the historical basis of design for all Raku Yaki matcha bowls throughout history in Japan - it is the essence of Teaism and Zen spiritual culture.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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