HYO RETSU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 5.12inch (13cm) height: 2.75inch (7cm), standard matcha bowl size
Traditional matcha bowl
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zuisho Iwamoto

Your eyes will immediately be drawn to the attractive pattern like cracked ice on the surface of this Matcha Bowl.

HYO RETSU, which means cracked ice in Japanese, is a very traditional Japanese glazing technique. This technique intentionally creates an intricate network of thin surface cracks in the glaze. Fine surface cracks are created by using two layers of glaze, then taking advantage of a difference of shrinking percentage between ceramic clay and glaze. These cracks, also known as "Craze" appear while the ceramic cools down after firing. In fact, these small cracks will continue to form for two weeks after firing, so the artisan must wait quite some time before seeing the final result of the pattern. To emphasize the Craze, the artisan uses a dark red-toned undercoat containing iron called "Bengara" under the glaze.

HYO RETSU glaze is very thick and heavy in weight. So, Zuisho Iwamoto must make the ceramic Chawan extremely thin, which requires great skill, so that the finished Chawan is not too thick and heavy.
This Chawan is a traditional tapered shape known as "Tenmoku". The simple form brings out the beauty of the HYO RETSU glaze.

We are so happy that we can provide this traditional HYO RETSU Matcha Bowl at a reasonable price. Would you enjoy matcha served in this elegant HYO RETSU Matcha Chawan?

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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Zuisho Iwamoto

1938: Born in Kyoto, 1966: Succeeded Zuisho III
1980: Officially Certified as Traditional Craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan.
He is well-known for creating atypical colors of glazed ceramics. Recently he focuses on investigating unique colored glazes such as vermilion cinnabar, aubergine, lapis lazuli, and so on.


- 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 sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

Customer Review

No. Author Country Rating Read Date Added
01. Sarah Longo United States
353 07/01/2013
02. Marla Robb United States
922 04/29/2011
03. Barbara C. Glancy United States
863 04/20/2011
04. Mary Steggles Canada
908 04/13/2011

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