MURASAKI INKA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Jihyoue Katoh at Jihyoue Kiln

This Matcha bowl is refined and elaborate work. Various types of INKA stamping is decorated inside and outside the bowl. Unique shape around the rim and purple color clay create luxurious beauty. Refined taste and solid technique make this a rather superb Matcha bowl.

MURASAKI means purple, and INKA means stamped flower in Japanese. Purple color of clay is very rare, and Jihyoue kiln has its own blending technique to maximize it, and creates its elegant color. Various type of INKA stamping is placed inside and outside the purple color bowl. Jihyoue Kiln is one of the potteries which has superior technique of INKA stamping.

The INKA stamps used to create this bowl are of unsurpassable workmanship. It seems that one large INKA stamp is put inside and outside the bowl, but each large pattern is composed of many smaller patterns, made by many different types of INKA stamps. Each INKA stamp is very intricate, but very coherent. Sense of uniformity and rich expression of INKA stamping is a superb technique.

Adding to that, each INKA stamp is decorated within a circle even though each INKA stamp has a unique shape. INKA stamps are pressed by changing the angles in order not to stamp outside the frame. Well elaborated INKA stamping technique creates this unified shape.

One more point of INKA stamping techniques on this bowl is its fingertip force. Shape and color change due to the pressure of INKA stamping. INKA stamping with uniform force creates a clear pattern. Changing uniform force intentionally is one of the ways to make patterns, and this way of INKA stamping causes the gradation effect. Both methods need high skill level, and Jihyoue kiln is the only potter to have both skills. This Matcha bowl uses two methods of INKA stamping, and those skills make the bowl more elegant.

The technique of seal engraving handing down from generation to generation is also one of the strengths of INKA stamping. Its technique makes sharp INKA stamp figures.

Stamped Matcha bowl is coated with white clay and wiped away to make INKA stamps white. Refined adjustment force and precise timing of this critical step keep the INKA pattern clear and enhances its gradation effect.

The form is not common but sophisticated. The curve of the rim, which is very rare due to the difficulty for INKA stamping is quite subtle and elegant. This shape enhances the elegance of the bowl.

This Matcha bowl uses two methods of INKA stamping, of which Jihyoue kiln is the foremost expert, and the INKA stamps used to create this bowl are of unsurpassable workmanship. We are certain that this Matcha bowl will enrich your green tea moment.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that there are individual differences in each piece and each piece is unique, due to the features of this work.)




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Jihyoue Katoh

Jihyoue Katoh was born in Kyoto, 1971. Jihyoue Kiln flourished in the 16th century, and his predecessor was elected as one of the greatest craftsman by Oribe Furuta (1543 to 1615, one of the most famous tea masters) in the Seto region, an area famous for its pottery. The kiln is well known for its refined and high value technique of glaze and seal engraving. Jihyoue Katoh studied seal engraving in his younger age, and graduated from technical high school of pottery and porcelain department in 1986. In 1996, he succeeded the 15th Jihyoue. He is an expert at the INKA stamping technique, and has high expression of various glazing techniques. It is said that no artisan can emulate his INKA stamping.


- 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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