KISSHOH TSURU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.15inch (8.0cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Bahan Sakata at Bahan Kiln

This Matcha bowl has both graceful and unique natural atmosphere. The combination of the paintings and the decoration of gold brings an extremely elegant atmosphere. The harmony and contrast of natural clay and the elegant decoration are very rare and unique.

KISSHOH of this name means auspicious and TSURU means crane in Japan. MATSU Japanese pine, UME plum, and TSURU crane, which are all regarded as auspicious motif in Japan, are painted elegantly. Gold pigment is used to create moderately exquisite atmosphere. Clouds are graciously expressed with white and gold pigments.

This TSURU crane painting is the traditional auspicious composition symbolizing longevity, known as MATSU KUI TSURU, which means a crane clutching a young branch of MATSU pine in the mouth. Today historians believe that the origin of this composition was perhaps an ancient western painting of a dove clutching an olive branch, from the biblical story of Noah and the flood.

The artisan, Bahan Sakata strives to evoke a subtle natural atmosphere. Before firing he coats the clay with a white glaze called SHIRO KESHO and brush pattern called HAKEME. After the first firing he coats the piece with black glaze and inhomogenously wipes it away. In this way, some white is visible through the dark brown colored glaze which deepens the WABI SABI atmosphere. White brush pattern inside of this helps both to deepen the visual quality and to make the green of the Matcha especially bright.

There is a small dent on the center of the front side, which is called EKUBO meaning dimple in Japanese. It moderately adds an accent, and fit easily with the thumb when being held.

As above, this is a deliberate work, which has the excellent harmony and unique contrast of elegant painting and subtle atmosphere of natural clay. To consider the fineness of this work and time and care taken in its creation, it is set at quite a reasonable price. From the moment you see this bowl and use it for the first time, you will certainly understand the quality of its fine artistry, and your appreciation will deepen over time.

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




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Bahan Sakata

Bahan Sakata was born in 1950. He worked under Kohzoh Kawashima for 4 years from 1975. Kohzo Kawashima was the grandfather of the Kyo Yaki industry and mentored many skilled artisans. Then Bahan Sakata opened his own kiln, Bahan Kiln in Kyoto. He brings out the harmony of soil and ash glaze. He is well-respected for his steady technique which allows him to control ash glaze, an extremely difficult technique he learned from Kohzo Kawashima and has practiced for many years.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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01. RM United States
307 12/01/2019
02. Mary H. Canada
949 02/23/2018
03. Brady Dahl United States
1223 10/26/2017
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905 03/12/2016

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