ANAGAMA Matcha Bowl
KATARAI (by Hozan Tanii)

(Please note: ANAGAMA pottery is one of a kind and there are never two alike, so that once sold, this will be out of stock. It takes approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Japan. In extremely rare cases, it may take up to 4 weeks. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

One-of-a-kind piece.
diameter: 4.33inch (11cm), height: 3.54inch (9cm), weight: 11.00oz (312g)
Traditional ANAGAMA pottery fired on August 27 to 30, 2016.
Made by Hozan Tanii.

Chawan tea bowls fired in the ANAGAMA kiln have been sought-after by tea masters throughout the history of tea in Japan, especially by those within the Enshu school. The Enshu school was established by Enshu Kobori (1579-1647), who also developed and established the art of the Japanese garden and landscape in the Middle Ages.

The color and pattern of each ANAGAMA ceramic is completely unique. There is never one ANAGAMA the same as any other. The smoky patterns of the ANAGAMA are created by soil, wood ash, and fire in the ANAGAMA kiln. It is impossible to fully control the patterns made by fire. It is the reason why it is said that ANAGAMA pottery is the art of the combination of earth and fire, and why ANAGAMA fascinates the artisan and touches the heart. (For more information regarding ANGAMA Matcha Bowls, please click here.)

Bright and rough natural glazes in gray, aubergine, brown, and BEEDORO green are made from only wood ash during firing in the kiln. All are well marbled into one bowl and create a complicated, indescribable aura. Burst feldspars look pebbly. The brown and reddish color is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese, and is an essential feature of ANAGAMA pottery. Burnt deposits play an important part in deepening the atmosphere. These are all essential features of ANAGAMA pottery.

KATARAI of this bowl’s name means deep conversation in Japanese. As its name implies, it seems that two people have some communication on this bowl. There are two unique glaze shapes outside the bowl. One is carbonized ashy brown color on the front exterior. This shape and color are created by the flow of flame. Another one is glossy brown color on the back. This color is created by lowering the heat during the firing process, and this shape is created by the placement in the kiln.
The shapes and colors are created by accident during the firing process, but each shape appears to be a face. Both faces are turned toward one another, and are deep in conversation. They were borne from the interaction between fire and earth in the kiln by roaring flame for 100 hours. The unintentional development which occurred in the kiln gives the impression that perhaps the spirits from nature dwell within this Matcha bowl. We cannot hear their words, but we can join them, and experience their kinship.

Texture is also one of the focal points for this Matcha bowl. Glaze fired at a high temperature has a smooth, glossy texture, while firing at a lower temperature creates a rough, muddy texture. The combination between the smooth and rough textures express the unique aesthetic atmosphere of the bowl.

BEEDORO glaze naturally flows from the top to the bottom on the front exterior and left side of this bowl, and its glaze flow is built up around the base. Dark and glossy green color tells us that the glaze color and feeling change depending on its density, an expression beyond description.

This Chawan was placed upright in the kiln. The patterns on the bottom were created by placing the work on AKAGAI sea shells during firing in the kiln. Those shells are used not only to hold the bowl in place during firing, but to add patterns to the work or to adjust the burnt color. Trace and slightly striped patterns of sea shells are left beneath the base.

Gray and ashy brown color glaze naturally flows inside the bowl, and depending on the fire temperature and accumulation of ash, those colors change by gradation. The coincidental combinations among the glaze, HIIRO fire color patterns, and burst feldspars create sublime scenery inside the bowl. Considering that this glaze pattern is created in the kiln during firing for more than 100 hours, you will be inspired by its transcendant beauty, which is created over time.

Not only the color and pattern, but also the form of this work is excellent. The rim is slightly oval in shape, and the body in the middle is a little bit constructed. This form, especially from side to bottom is carefully designed to fit comfortably in both hands.

Enormous techniques, developments, time and devotion of Mr. Hozan Tanii went into creating this ANAGAMA work of art, which was first developed in the Middle Ages. His prominent techniques, and the interaction between fire and earth in the kiln, which cannot be fully controlled, created this one and only sublime Matcha bowl. Once you see or touch this item, your heart must be mesmerized by the art of earth, fire, and the artisan's soul.

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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.
Mr. Hozan Tanii says that his work is Michi. Michi (Do) is contained in the martial arts Judo and Kendo, the tea ceremony Chado, and so on. It has been said in Japan since the Middle Ages, that good technique can only be attained if one also cultivates a strong and healthy body and spirit. If you would like to master a technique, you must not only pursue the technique but also improve the spirit and physical condition.


- 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.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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