diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.35inch (8.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Bahan Sakara at Bahan Kiln
This Matcha bowl is graceful and dignified. The combination of the paintings and the decoration of gold brings an extremely elegant atmosphere. The harmony and contrast of natural clay and the elegant decoration are very rare and unique.
MUGEN of this name means fantastic or dreamy in Japanese, and SAKURA are cherry blossoms. SAKURA cherry blossoms are a well-loved symbol of spring in Japan. MUGEN SAKURA suggests a dreamy view of SAKURA in a warm, spring breeze.
In many cases, painted Matcha Bowl like this use white color, fine textured soil, not brown color and rough textured natural soil in order for the paintings to look sharp and vivid. Mr. Bahan Sakara exquisitely brings out the harmony and contrast of the natural soil and the elegant painting.
Half of the surface both inside and outside of this bowl is coated using a traditional technique called SHIRO KESHO coating with white color earth, along with transparent glaze. Maple leaves are painted on the three surface textures: non glazed, transparent glaze, and SHIRO KESHO. The three textures delight your eyes because the surface and painting looks different on each part.
Dark brown areas, representing the trunk of the cherry tree, are created by brushing glaze containing iron directly onto the clay just after the first firing, not over the glaze. It creates a unique atmosphere because the original brown color of the glaze adds a unique impression, and looks interesting and different through the decorations of coated SHIRO KESHO, painted cherry blossoms, and areas of gold color pigment.
The form is quite unique. Middle to bottom on side is plentiful. It create unique elegant atmosphere.
As above, this is a deliberate work, which has the excellent harmony and unique contrast of clay, glazes, and elegant painting. Needless to say, Matcha served in this special bowl will profoundly enrich your heart, and possibly bring you to a dreamy space in a warm, spring breeze.