HANA KAGARI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer 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 a graceful and unique natural atmosphere. The combination of the paintings and the decoration of gold is quite elegant. The harmony and contrast of natural clay and the elegant decoration are very rare and unique.

HANA of this name means SAKURA cherry blossom and KAGARI means bonfire at night in Japanese. This brings to mind the beautiful SAKURA cherry blossoms lit up brightly at night at temples and shrines in Kyoto. The artisan, Bahan Sakata was inspired by this image of cherry blossoms in the night wind gently swaying. Some of the petals are carried away by the wind.

SAKURA cherry blossoms are painted elegantly. Gold pigment is used to create moderately exquisite atmosphere. Clouds are graciously expressed with white and gold pigments.

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 white 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.

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. 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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