AYAME (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.35inch (8.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Keiho Watanabe at Keiho Kiln

AYAME of this name means iris in Japanese. Traditional drawing patterns on this Matcha Bowl are dynamically and elegantly shaped with a unique and ingenious form. Orange patches called GOHONDE deepen the atmosphere.

AYAME Japanese iris and landing pier, which are painted on this, are called AYAME to YATSUHASHI. It is one of the drawing patterns of traditional Kenzan school style. Kenzan Ogata (1663 - 1743) established the Rin school, which was one of the most historic significant schools of painting in Japan, with his elder brother Kohrin Ogata. The drawing pattern is painted and burnt in two firings, painting both under glaze and over glaze. The texture of each drawing are subtly different, and the contrast is fascinating.

At first glance, the form looks traditional. However the form is quite unique and the artisan's original. Middle to bottom on side is plentiful. The rim opens widely toward the outside. The curve from the rim to base is quite stunning and beautiful.

Colorful patches of orange are called GOHONDE, a traditional technique that adds accent to the WABI SABI atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is a little different in each work.

Though this looks very traditional, AYAME is dynamic, having both audaciousness and atmosphere.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Keiho Watanabe

Keiho Watanabe was born in 1937. He opened his Keiho Kiln after working under Unraku Kiln for 15 years. He creates not only Matcha Bowls but also various ranges of pottery like tableware, TOHBAN pottery painting, and so on. His style melds his original designs with traditional Kenzan school style. His dynamic brush stroke is highly appreciated in the field.


- 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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