HAJIRAI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.54inch (9cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Hozan Tanii

This Matcha Bowl is created only for Hibiki-an by up-and-coming artisan, Hozan Tanii. In contrast to the fact that all of his works are based on and sustained by various complex traditional techniques, they look sophisticated and modern. His style not only follows tradition but also fuels the spark of imagination, pursuing new heights.

HAJIRAI of this name means bashfulness in Japanese. White glaze and pink color on the base, both outside and inside, and its unique form, remind us of the blush of a maiden. It also reminds us of the breezy and carefree springtime.

One traditional Shigaraki glaze, Shigaragki Hagi Yu is coated twice with different methods. First, the artisan coats the entire bowl with a thin layer of glaze. The second coat is thick and applied only to the upper side.
The pink color on the base, both outside and inside, is created by a traditional technique called GOHONDE. GOHONDE pattern is brought by reduction in the kiln. This requires expert temperature control in the kiln.

The form is quite unique. Middle to bottom on side is plentiful. The rim is shaped like four or five mountains, which is a traditional technique called GOZAN. GOZAN means five mountains in Japanese. Kyoto, which has been the center of tea culture since ancient times, is a basin surrounded by five mountains. It is a stylish shaping technique which offers the suggestion of the Kyoto skyline.

To view this from straight above, you can see the shape is not a precise circle but bends, seemingly at random. It is an advanced technique called TAWAMI, which helps to create WABI SABI atmosphere. Quite rough clay is used for this. Feldspar contained in the clay bursts during the kiln firing and a few parts of burnt feldspar are colored pink by GOHONDE, which add a pleasant and unique atmosphere.

To consider the time and care to bring together the many facets and techniques of this piece, it is set at quite a reasonable price. This will deepen in atmosphere over time. Hozan’s world will certainly enrich your green moment.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece and no two look alike.)




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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.


- 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.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent. In that case, after using the chlorine detergent, we recommend you boil this item in water to remove the chlorine smell.
- Do not wash in a dish washing machine.

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