diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.54inch (9cm), 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.
HAJIRAI of this name means bashfulness in Japanese. White glaze and pink color on the base, both outside and inside, and its unique form, remind us of the blush of a maiden. It also reminds us of the breezy and carefree springtime.
One traditional Shigaraki glaze, Shigaragki Hagi Yu is coated twice with different methods. First, the artisan coats the entire bowl with a thin layer of glaze. The second coat is thick and applied only to the upper side.
The pink color on the base, both outside and inside, is created by a traditional technique called GOHONDE. GOHONDE pattern is brought by reduction in the kiln. This requires expert temperature control in the kiln.
Three shells placed on the base are used to position the Matcha Bowl in the kiln. Arch shells are used not only to hold the bowl in place during firing, but to add patterns on the works or adjust the burnt color. Shell is calcareous, containing high levels of calcium carbonate, so that it reacts to fire and creates beautiful and intense color. They add a unique and complex pattern to the surface countenance.
The form is quite unique. Middle to bottom on side is plentiful. The rim is shaped like four or five mountains, which is 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. It is a stylish shaping technique which offers the suggestion of the Kyoto skyline.
To view this from straight above, you can see the shape is not a precise circle but bends, seemingly at random. It is an advanced technique called TAWAMI, which helps to create WABI SABI atmosphere.
Quite rough clay is used for this. Feldspar contained in the clay bursts during the kiln firing and a few parts of burnt feldspar are colored pink by GOHONDE, which add a pleasant and unique atmosphere.
To consider the time and care to bring together the many facets and techniques of this piece, 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.)