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[ANAGAMA Matcha Bowl] NAGORI YUKI (by Hozan Tanii)

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(Please note: ANAGAMA pottery is one of a kind and there are never two alike, so that once sold, this will be out of stock. It takes approximately 7 to 10 business days from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Japan. In extremely rare cases, it may take up to 15 business days. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm), height: 3.34inch (8.5cm), weight: 11.71oz (332g)
Traditional ANAGAMA pottery fired on November 27 to 31, 2010.
Made by Hozan Tanii.

Chawan tea bowls fired in the ANAGAMA kiln have been sought-after by tea masters throughout the history of tea in Japan, especially by those within the Enshu school. The Enshu school was established by Enshu Kobori (1579-1647), who also developed and established the art of the Japanese garden and landscape in the Middle Ages.

The color and pattern of each ANAGAMA ceramic is completely unique. There is never one ANAGAMA the same as any other. The smoky patterns of the ANAGAMA are created by soil, wood ash, and the fire in the ANAGAMA kiln. It is impossible to fully control the patterns made by fire. It is the reason why it is said that ANAGAMA pottery is the art of the combination of earth and fire, and why ANAGAMA fascinates the artisan and touches the heart. (For more information regarding ANGAMA pottery, please click here.)

The gray color of this Chawan is created by wood ash during firing in the kiln. There is a delicate aubergine tone within the gray color. The brownish green color is BEEDORO glaze from wood ash. Burst feldspars look pebbly. The brown and reddish color is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese, and is an essential feature of ANAGAMA pottery. Burnt deposits play an important part in deepening the atmosphere. These are all essential features of ANAGAMA pottery.

This Chawan is somewhat smaller in size than the other bowls created by Mr. Tanii in this kiln firing. NAGORI YUKI means untimely snow in spring. For Japanese, to see NAGORI YUKI evokes a sort of melancholy. A warm blue gray on one side of the interior gives the feeling of viewing the untimely snow as it melts in spring. Green BEEDORO glaze and the reddish brown color also feature on the interior of the bowl. These colors evoke the brown earth and green sprouts or moss emerging through the snow.

A few shells placed along the front were used to position the Chawan on its side in the kiln. Clam, abalone, and scallop shells are used not only to hold the bowl in place during firing, but to add patterns on the works or adjust the burnt color. Shell is calcareous, containing high levels of calcium carbonate, so that it reacts to fire and creates beautiful and intense color. They add a unique and complex pattern to the surface countenance.

This work creates a comforting and relaxed atmosphere. The round form fits comfortably in both hands.

Enormous techniques, developments, time and devotion of Mr. Hozan Tanii went into creating this ANAGAMA work of art, which was first developed in the Middle Ages. Once you see or touch this item, your heart must be mesmerized by the art of earth, fire, and the artisan's soul.

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Hozan Tanii

Hozan Tanii was born in 1953. He graduated from the technical art department at Osaka Art University. And he took over the third generation of Tanikan Kiln in 1983. He is one of only a few artisans who explore the infinite beauty, depth, and range of clay itself, in contrast to the many artisans who explore glaze colors or printing. He has and makes full use of fourteen kinds of kilns and several tens of thousands kinds of glaze in order to bring out the boundlessness possibility of earthen clay. He frequently goes to the mountain in Shigaraki where he lives and collects clay. He has continued to experiment using the clay he finds and tries to bring out the infinite possibility of clay for over 30 years. All of his arts are well-planned and elaborated in various view points, beauty, function, usefulness, and so on. In addition, made from sustainable natural elements, his creations work symbiotically with the earth's ecosystem.
Mr. Hozan Tanii says that his work is Michi. Michi (Do) is contained in the martial arts Judo and Kendo, the tea ceremony Chado, and so on. It has been said in Japan since the Middle Ages, that good technique can only be attained if one also cultivates a strong and healthy body and spirit. If you would like to master a technique, you must not only pursue the technique but also improve the spirit and physical condition.

Directions

- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- After use, please dry thoroughly. Otherwise, it could possibly get moldy.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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