KISSHOH OSHIDORI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Bahan Sakata at Bahan Kiln

This Matcha bowl has both a graceful and unique natural atmosphere. A pair of OSHIDORI lovebirds slowly swim under the full bloom of a plum grove. Paintings of birds and plums are well matched with the natural clay texture.

KISSHOH of this name means auspicious, and OSHIDORI of this name means lovebirds in Japanese. MATSU Japanese pine, UME plum, and OSHIDORI lovebirds, which are all regarded as auspicious motifs in Japan are painted elegantly. Gold pigment is used to create a modestly exquisite atmosphere. Clouds, bird feathers, plum petals, and needle-shaped pines are graciously expressed with gold pigments.

White color OSHIDORI lovebirds swim gracefully and artfully under the plum grove together, and green and golden colors of feathers evoke gracefulness. The curved flowing water is decorated with white and golden colors, indicating swimming slowly, quietly, and harmoniously.
The red and white colors of plum blossoms are also one of the focal points. Plum blossoms are vividly painted inside and outside the bowl. Some plum blossoms are still buds, and others are in full bloom. The combination between the decoration of OSHIDORI lovebirds and plum blossoms creates a graceful aura.

The artisan, Bahan Sakata strives to create 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 bowl helps both to deepen the visual quality and to make the green of the Matcha appear 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.

The graceful and exquisite atmosphere of the decoration and the natural feeling of the texture are well combined on this Matcha bowl. To consider the fineness of this work and the time and care taken in its creation, it is set at quite a reasonable price. We are certain that you will be fascinated by this elaborate work once you touch this Matcha bowl.

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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