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Sophisticated Matcha Bowls of Eizan Kiln: Now Available

[Limited] AKAIRABO - HIGAN no MAI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl): US$184.00 (Now Available)
AKAIRABO is a kind of IRABO which features red glaze. However, AKAIRABO glaze changes color depending on the concentration. If the glaze is thick, the color appears green, and if the glaze is thin, the color appears red. In this way, you are able to enjoy beautiful patterns created by the different levels of thickness and resulting variance in color...
[Limited] KIIRABO - HARU no MOEGI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl): US$141.00 (Now Available)
This kind of Matcha bowl is called IRABO. Which is a type of traditional stoneware and it was introduced to Japan around the 16th or 17th century. Eizan Okuda uses the deep green glaze BEEDORO, which is one of the most traditional glazes of Shigaraki Yaki. The shiny deep green glaze creates a beautiful spring atmosphere...
[Limited] KOSHI MENTORI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl): US$184.00 (Now Available)
KOSHI means waist and MENTORI means scraping off in Japanese. As the name suggests, the bottom side of this bowl is boldly and rhythmically scraped away. And the inside and a portion of the outside is covered with beautiful white glaze...

Glazing Skill of Mr. Eizan

Today, there are many different types of glaze and artisans are able to create pottery in almost any color. However, the purpose of glazing is not only for decoration but also to help pottery to keep its strength. Glaze becomes glassy by firing, so the surface of the pottery is hardened, the durability is increased and water absorption is reduced. Thus, the pottery will last much longer than it would if it were to remain unglazed. It also makes the surface smooth and easy to use. Glaze was traditionally made from wood ash, straw ash and limestone. Types of glaze include transparent glaze, matte glaze, crystalline glaze and milky glaze.

Glazing is an important process in making pottery, along with preparing the clay, and shaping and firing each piece. When potters choose glaze, they consider the firing temperature and the type of clay. The color of the glaze is changed by a chemical reaction caused by heat. Sometimes, it is difficult even for experienced artisans to predict completely what color will be produced because various conditions such as heat and time are involved. It is certainly a challenge but also brings great pleasure to see how the pottery looks as it is brought out from the kiln after firing.

Mr. Eizan has the techniques and imagination to create a wide variety of patterns. He elaborately prepares the glaze after bisque firing. If he tools the Matcha bowls, first he cleans them because there are clay shavings. Shavings and dust become encumbrances to glazing. After that, he stirs the bucket of glaze and applies it to his Matcha bowls using his tools. It is very important to apply glaze uniformly. He applies more glaze to the lip of a Matcha bowl than to the bottom part because during firing in the kiln, the glaze melts and flows downward. When the glazing is done, the piece is left to dry on a wooden board before firing in the kiln.

Mr. Eizan’s glazing skill makes it possible to create a wide variety of sophisticated and modern Matcha bowls. He uses different tools depending on the design of the bowls. Sometimes he just grabs the bowl and puts it in the bucket of glaze, but we saw he was using his handmade tool like a wire to put glaze on one of our Matcha bowls. You can see one of his handmade tools at the pictures below. He hangs the wire to the lip of a bowl and turns it back. He grabs the foot of the bowl with his thumb and middle finger and fixes the wire with his index finger and ring finger and soaks it into the bucket. Mr. Eizan did this without any difficulties, but holding the bowl like this is really difficult.

There are many different glazing methods. An artisan can paint by brush, spray, soak, pour the glaze by ladle, or apply the glaze while rotating the piece on the pottery wheel. An artisan can use a tool similar to a syringe to draw a straight line. They can also layer different glazes depending on the design. Mr. Eizan is an expert at using different glazing methods depending on the Matcha bowls’ design.

Mr. Eizan used IRABO glaze on this day. He said that the color of the bowl changed depending on the quantity of AKAIRABO glaze applied to the bowl. If he thinly applies the glaze, the bowl will be reddish brown and if he applies the glaze thickly the color will be green. Considering the form, design and image of the finished piece, the artisan can choose the best way of glazing. Glazing is certainly an important part of creating Matcha bowls and it expands the range of design.

Mr. Eizan’s Matcha bowls, backed by his skills, are magnificent. We sincerely hope our customers will appreciate his works.



There are many kinds of glazes.

Mr. Eizan is an expert at using different glazing methods depending on the Matcha bowls’ design.

He grabs the bowl and puts it in the bucket of glaze.




This wire is his handmade tool for glazing. He hangs the wire to the lip of a bowl and turns it back.

He grabs the foot of the bowl with his thumb and middle finger and fixes the wire with his index finger and ring finger and soaks it into the bucket.


There are many different glazing methods.

He told us many things about glazing.




Forming / Trimming Skill of Mr. Eizan

Mr. Eizan’s forming skill makes it possible to create a wide variety of sophisticated and modern Matcha bowls.

Potters usually are skillful at producing one specific form, yet Mr. Eizan has the techniques and imagination to create a wide variety of patterns. While imagining the completed form, he elaborately creates Matcha bowls by using the potter's wheel and trimming tools. His abundance of technical skills and artistic vision make it possible to bring forth excellent works. He has an extraordinary ability to embody his vision in each Matcha bowl he creates.

After first forming by potter's wheel, he also shapes and characterizes his bowls by trimming using specialized tools, considering the usability, thickness of the glaze and so on. Since he also holds the tea ceremony master name of Urasenke tea school, his works are not only sophisticated but functional.

His Matcha bowls, backed by his skill, are magnificent. We sincerely hope our customers will try and appreciate his works.








What is Eizan Okuda / Eizan Kiln?

Mr. Eizan Okuda was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture in 1944. He studied under his father, who is also a potter from his earlier years, and enhanced his techniques.

He has had a brilliant career. In 1987, he studied under Kohsyoh Shimizu, who is the elder of Todai-ji Temple, which is certified as a World Heritage Site. He was also registered as a traditional craftsman of Shigaraki Yaki ware in 1992 and he was awarded as a traditional crafts industry contributor in 2007. He holds private exhibitions all over Japan and provides guidance to artisans around the world.

Mr. Eizan produces a wide variety of sophisticated and modern Matcha bowls while strictly adhering to traditional techniques. He has a perfect command of glaze, forming and firing by his outstanding skill and unique experience since he has been creating a wide range of traditional Matcha bowls. Therefore, he also has a deep and wide range of skills. Almost all potters specialize in certain techniques or the pottery-making knowledge rooted in a specific region, such as Kyo-Yaki or Shigaraki-Yaki. On the other hand, Mr. Eizan's diverse works are beyond the everyday norms. Such a potter as Mr. Eizan is very rare and special.

He is also one of the few potters who have the tea ceremony master name, even in Japan. After graduating from high school, he took lessons in tea ceremony of the Urasenke school, which is one of the three major schools of Japanese tea ceremony, while training in pottery-making. And he was given the tea ceremony master name "Sohei" by the head of Urasenke in 1973. So, he focuses not only on the appearance of each piece but also its functionality. You can feel his attention to detail.

Eizan Okuda is truly one of the representative potters of Japan. We highly recommend that you try Eizan Okuda’s work once and experience his unique perspective!


Eizan Okuda produces a wide variety of sophisticated and modern Matcha bowls.

He has a perfect command of forming by his outstanding skill and experience.


He is truly one of the representative potters of Japan.

He is also one of the few potters who have the tea ceremony master name, even in Japan.