MUICHIMOTSU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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diameter: 4.52inch (11.5cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm) weight: 12.7oz (360g)

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 MUICHIMOTAU 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 MUICHIMOTSU is the work most representative of Aka Raku (Red Raku).

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. This style of simple formative design was inspired by Zen spiritual culture pursued by Rikyu Sen who indurated Teaism. The form of this MUICHIMOTSU is typical of Rikyu's preferred style. MUICHIMOTSU is true beauty without embellishment and hyperbole.

The rim of this piece is thin and slightly banked. The middle and lower sides are deliberately and boldly whittled away and taken up. It is said that the place of most interest is the curve from the lower side to the bottom. The curved surface is the pinnacle of beauty without embellishment and hyperbole. Regarding the original MUICHIMOTSU, the several streams of glaze from the lower side to the bottom were accidentally created. These "happy accidents" often occur in Raku Yaki and produce beautiful results, but are nearly impossible to perfectly re-create, which is one reason why this matcha bowl requires such skill from the artisan.

The name MUICHIMOTSU means "having nothing" in Japanese. In other words it means "the deliverance from earthly bondage" which is an aspiration of Zen Buddhism. The name clearly expresses why the style of the original matcha bowl was so well-loved by the founder of teaism, Rikyu Sen.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!

Price

US$505.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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Chohjiroh Raku (circa 1500 to 1589)

Chohjiroh Raku is the father of Raku Yaki. In the late 16th century he began to create Raku Yaki in Kuro (black) Raku and Aka (red) Raku under the supervision of Rikyu Sen who indurated Teaism. His matcha bowls were called the Rikyu Form, clearing away all embellishment and hyperbole in the pursuit of true beauty. His simple formative style was unique in the world of 16th century pottery. He inspired the ideal Zen spiritual culture into pottery.

Shohraku Sasaki

Shohraku Sasaki was born in 1944, and studied under his father, the second-generation Shohraku. He strives to inspire an elegant and relaxing atmosphere into extremely simple Raku Yaki. His high level and quite broad-based techniques which enable to create elegant works and to duplicate historical treasured arts are highly appreciated not only by pottery and porcelain industry but by Japanese tea ceremony schools.

Directions

- Raku Yaki has a water-absorbing property, so it is possible for this ceramic to retain and "sweat" small amounts of water.
- Before using Raku Yaki for the first time, please soak in lukewarm water for one or two minutes. Before reusing after it has been stored long term, please soak for thirty seconds. This process helps to keep Raku Yaki strong and durable as well as clean and stain-resistant.
- It is best to wash the Raku Yaki using only tepid water.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, washing with chlorine detergent, or in a dish washing machine.
- In case of using this as a dish, don't serve foods that have been made with sweetened vinegar.
he vinegar may damage the glaze. - Take care not to hit the bowl against a hard surface or give it a strong shock.
- Before you store Raku Yaki in its wooden box for long tem, dry off fully in the shae for 4 to 7 days. Otherwise, if the clay remains wet while it is packed away in a box, there is a possibility for the Raku Yaki to take on an unusual earthy odor or even for mold to form.
- If Raku Yaki takes on an unusual earthy odor, you can remove the odor by continuing to use Raku Yaki every day for a week.

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