This is limited edition only available from October 2017 to September 2018.
(Please note: Because this item is usually made-to-order, it may possibly take approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancellation cannot be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)
diameter: 4.33inch (11cm) height: 3.54inch (9cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Kyoshitsu Sasaki at Kirai kiln
This HANADAYU CHAWAN is quite unique work, which is made with an avant-garde spirit while strictly adhering to traditional Raku-yaki techniques. SEIRYOURYOH means quite pure and refined in Japanese. This bowl is characterized by the refined sky blue color, produced by turquoise blue glaze, and the unique form, boldly cut away, which evokes the impression of a valuable gemstone. KANNYU cracking adds a fantastic and mysterious atmosphere. This work is originally generated by Kyoshitsu Sasaki with a liberal view not influenced by traditional style. The design of this work is inspired by Kohetsu Honami, who had a relationship with the Raku family in the 16th to 17th centuries. We can feel the fusion of traditional dignity of Raku-yaki and modern creativity in this Matcha bowlThis Matcha bowl is made by Kyoshitsu Sasaki at Kirai kiln. Kyoshitsu Sasaki is the fourth head of Shouraku kiln. Shouraku kiln, which opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku-yaki kilns in Kyoto. Raku-yaki is the highest grade Matcha bowl used for the tea ceremony in Japan.
This Matcha bowl is made by Kyoshitsu Sasaki at Kirai kiln. Kyoshitsu Sasaki is the fourth head of Shouraku kiln. Shouraku kiln, which opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku-yaki kilns in Kyoto. Raku-yaki is the highest grade Matcha bowl used for the tea ceremony in Japan. (For details of Raku-yaki: RAKU YAKI - Prestigious bowl page)
The name of "Kyoshitsu" and "Kirai" are from Daitokuji temple, which was erected in 1325. The temple has been a great influence on Japanese culture and Cha-no-yu traditional tea ceremony, since the spirit of Cha-no-yu is based in Zen philosophy. It is also said that Juko Murata or Sen no Rikyuh, who is the famous tea master and pioneer of the tea ceremony, maintained close relations with Daitokuji temple.
This work is influenced by Kohetsu Honami, who is known as the Japanese Leonardo da Vinci, because he mastered various fields in the 16th to 17th centuries. He had a relationship with the Raku family, especially Johkei and Nonkoh, who are the second and third heads of the family. Kohetsu produced many unique and novel works not restricted by the pervasive cultural norms of that time. His works are characterized by their unique shape, novel forming technique like scraping away, and original method of glazing. It is said that his sense and technique greatly influenced the Raku family and their work.
Kyoshitsu Sasaki also scrapes away the sides of this HANADAYU CHAWAN based on the design of Kohetsu’s works. It is generally believed that such a technique of scraping away the sides of the bowl was mainly seen beginning at the time of Kohetsu in the history of Raku-yaki. Although the sides are boldly scraped away, this bowl fits perfectly into both hands when drinking Matcha. This design, combined with the refined light blue color, provides a warm and gentle atmosphere.
The bottom of this Matcha bowl is carefully and elaborately scraped away. And you will also find a whirling pattern inside the base, like a whirlpool on a beautiful ocean. When seeing this pattern, you will be pulled into Kyoshitsu’s world.
KANNYU cracking occurs due to the different levels of shrinkage between the earthenware and glaze. In order to emphasize KANNYU cracking, red iron oxide called BENGARA is rubbed over the surface of the bowl and its color is absorbed into the cracked lines. Each pattern of cracking is so different that each bowl has a unique pattern. The irregular red cracked lines and soft pale blue glaze color are well reflected on this Matcha bowl. The KANNYU cracks form a lattice, the size and spacing of which are determined by the timing of cooling in water. If the bowl is quickly imbibed in water after removal from the kiln, the size of the KANNYU lattice is finer than one cooled slowly. A skillful craftsman will judge the right timing for the work by only the sound of cracking.
You can see the small dots like pinholes on the surface of the glaze. The dots are from the bubbling of the glaze, which occurs when it is fired at a high temperature. These are evidence that this piece was created by traditional Raku-yaki methods.
In addition to this, it is said that the base of Raku-yaki is not stable on the table, because Raku-yaki is produced only for tea and is intended for use on TATAMI traditional straw mats. You can feel the excellence of transmissible techniques from this bowl.
Raku-yaki has a water-absorbing property. If used regularly over a long period of time, the aesthetic of the surface gradually changes. It is also a feature of using Raku-yaki that the atmosphere becomes more WABI SABI. Please enjoy your green moment with this Matcha bowl, which is infused with traditional dignity and modern creativity!
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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.)