SABI KOBIKI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

Limited This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.

5.51inch (14cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Noritada Kimura at Kino Kiln

This is a unique Matcha Bowl, which is a combination of the artisan's original designs with the most traditional style of Matcha Bowl. The original designs add a moderate sophistication to traditional WABI SABI, and make viewers feel the artisan's skill and passion.

This Matcha Bowl is based on traditional KOBIKI which is coated with glaze made from white clay. Graceful brown is colored by iron blended into the white colored clay, which is not a traditional technique, but one developed by the artist. KANNYU, a type of glaze and technique which gives the appearance of a cracked surface, finely appear on the whole surface of brown color KOBIKI. KANNYU deepens the WABI SABI atmosphere when used carefully over time. SABI, which is part of the title of this piece, reminds us of WABI SABI.

This form is based on a traditional form called IDO GATA, tempered by the artisan's original design. IDO GATA shape is characterized by the flared open mouth and the moderate narrowed down base, like an inverted triangle. IDO GATA shape was the origin of all Matcha bowls and has continuously been appreciated since the 16th century when tea ceremony was established.

The base form is uniquely fashioned in the artist's original design. Though the base diameter is a little smaller than usual, it is strong. There is a projection at the center of the base, which is created by a traditional technique called Tokin Kabuto. It is usually created only with the highest grade Matcha bowl. Rim of base and the projection are finished uniquely, and are delicate yet strong.

Lower side is not coated with KOBIKI clay glaze and earth. The rough texture gives a dynamic impression and emphasizes the contrast of KOBIKI clay and glaze.

This Matcha Bowl follows tradition but also celebrates innovation, creating a sophisticated and WABI SABI atmosphere. Would you discover this artisan's passion for both tradition and innovation with this Matcha Bowl?

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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Noritada Kimura

In 1968 Noritada Kimura was born in Kyoto. The Kimura family has brought forth many ceramic artisans into the world. Indeed, his father, grandfather, two uncles, and elder bother are ceramic artisans. He officially started ceramics in 1989. Then he opened his own Kiln, Kino Kiln in the quiet and secluded Iwakura area of Kyoto. His expressive skill, using natural clay with a variety of glazes and shaping is highly appreciated within the field of ceramics.
Noritada Kimura won his first award in 1992, and has won many awards almost every year since then. He explores the possibility of natural clay, glaze, and form and participates in many ceramics competitions. He is continuously inspired by interacting with the public at his exhibitions, receiving requests, comments, and feedback about his work.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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