SHINSHA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 5.11inch (13cm) height: 2.75inch (7.0cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zuishoh Iwamoto in Zuishoh Kiln

SHINSHA is a type of glaze, and also one of the traditional Matcha bowls which have been loved by tea masters for generations. The characteristics of SHINSHA glaze is its unique color and its refined pattern. The state of developing color appearance and its refined pattern are slightly different among each bowl. These characteristics teach us just like a doctrine of the tea ceremony: "treasure each meeting, for it will never recur." That is one of the reasons why tea masters cherish this bowl.

Each bowl has slightly different color due to deformation during firing. Earthenware is fired in a high temperature kiln, and each place in the kiln has different and slight change of temperature, the stream of flames, and the amount of oxygen. This bowl has black dots and curved lines inside and outside the bowl, and their patterns set off the color of the earthenware. These patterns also change depending on compatibility between flame and clay, and its naturally formed patterns add beauty to the bowl. Thus, this bowl is characterized by the harmony between the glaze, clay, and flame.

The form of the bowl is ideal to hold, drink and whisk Matcha. Curved line from the bottom to the rim is so gentle that it adds warmth and tenderness to the bowl. Spiral shaved inside the base is made elaborately, and confirms that the work of Zuishoh is thorough.

Not only is this bowl a miraculous encounter of natural earth and fire, but we expect a gracious first encounter between you and this bowl, with the artist’s message to "treasure each meeting, for it will never recur."

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Zuisho Iwamoto

1938: Born in Kyoto, 1966: Succeeded Zuisho III
1980: Officially Certified as Traditional Craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan.
He is well-known for creating atypical colors of glazed ceramics. Recently he focuses on investigating unique colored glazes such as vermilion cinnabar, aubergine, lapis lazuli, and so on.


- 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.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent. In that case, after using the chlorine detergent, we recommend you boil this item in water to remove the chlorine smell.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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