Limited

SEIRYU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 5.91inch (15cm) height: 2.76inch (7cm), 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.

White brush lines are created by SHIRO KESHO, a technique where the clay is coated with white color earth. White earth is applied to basic soil with a brush made from straw. The brush mark is called HAKEME. HAKE means brush and ME means mark. Mr. Tanii makes his own special brush for this technique. Basic soil is reddish soil containing large amounts of iron. The faint atmospheric green color is called BEEDORO glaze, which is one of the glazes traditionally used for Shigaraki Yaki.

The HAKEME brush mark starts from the middle side of outside and finishes at bottom of inside. Mr. Tanii expresses the alpha and the omega, and that the first thing is (or equals) the last. He tries to express infinity with the HAKEME brush mark. SEIRYU, name of this, means pure stream in Japanese. He images this as an infinite cycle on earth, in the universe, or in the mind.

The base is finished carefully and elegantly with amazing efforts and time. The earthen surface is finished with a rough texture in order to create the WABI SABI atmosphere. You can find fine parallel grooves on the earthen surface. They are marked by scraping away with paddle made of Japanese pine. This special tool is used to create only highest grade Matcha because it requires many efforts and time.

The form is based on one of the most traditional shapes called WAN NARI. This is wholly a little more flared than usual WAN NARI form in order that you can easily view the beautiful pattern inside. Creating kind of light impression in spring season is one more reason of the flared form. And there is a small dent on the center of the front side, which is called EKUBO meaning dimple in Japanese. It moderately adds an accent.

The combination of rough texture clay, delicate and sensitive works, well planned and designed form, elegant flowing pattern, and beautiful glaze creates the exquisite harmony and atmosphere.

To consider the time and care taken to create, it is set at quite a reasonable price. The artist has expressed his sincere hope that this special bowl will bring the expansive infinite pure stream to 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.)

Price

US$184.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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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.

Directions

- 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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