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.
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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.)