HIBIKI - TSUTSU GATA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.35inch (8.5cm), 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.

This is the sister Matcha Bowl with KYOHSOH. HIBIKI of this name means chime, harmony, or symphony. TSUTSU GATA means pillbox-style. The vision of artisan Hozan Tanii is for all natural life forms on earth to live together in harmony, and to enjoy the beauty of autumn together. The ceramic bowl is intended to look as though it has sprung naturally from the earth itself in autumn, formed from clay in the field, glaze and fire.

One of the most remarkable features is the glaze, which Hozan Tanii specially developed for these sister Matcha Bowls to evoke the rich and poignant beauty, and somewhat lonely atmosphere of autumn in Japan. The glaze is known as SHIGARAKI MOMIJI YU. MOMIJI means autumn red leaves, YU means glaze. SHIGARAKI MOMIJI YU is actually composed of three kinds of traditional Japanese glazes: TETSU AKA YU (meaning iron red glaze / chestnut color), TENMOKU YU (black color), and SOBA YU (holly green color). They are typically used independently. However, Mr. Tanii is able to use this trio of glazes expertly and they work beautifully with the natural clay. In fact, Mr. Tanii may be the only artisan who can bring together and engender the full expressive personality of these glazes.

The chestnut color TETSU AKA YU glaze faintly and subtly shines. It looks quite gentle. And parts just thinly coated by TETSU AKA YU glaze are matte black.
Shiny black parts are brought by TENMOKU YU glaze. It feels animated and vivid. The shiny black patterns are created in a counterclockwise fashion. It is because fire circulates counterclockwise in the kiln.
Holly green color brought by SOBA YU glaze looks calm. It inexplicably harmonizes the other glazes.

The form radiates a sense of calm and stability and creates beauty when viewed edge-on. Height of base is lower than usual, which helps to create the sense of stability. Woodturning patterns around the side moderately create an accent and rhythm.

The rim is shaped like four or five mountains with 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.

The harmony of graceful beauty of the glaze, rough soil, and stable form is quite unique and exquisite.

Mr. Tanii has said that each piece looks different and has a different personality, much the same as each person on this earth is special and unique in their own way. Each piece is infused with emotion. To consider the time and care taken to create, 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.
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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 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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