KOBIKI UNKIN (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.53inch (11.5cm), height: 2.95inch (7.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Kagetsu Hara at Kagetsu Kiln

This Matcha bowl seems simple, but it is extremely elaborate work. Refined painted SAKURA cherry blossoms and MOMIJI maple leaves are painted outside the bowl, and the white glaze complements the beauty of the flowers and leaves. The color contrast between them creates an elegant atmosphere.

KOBIKI is one of the Japanese traditional pottery techniques, coating with glaze made from white clay. The unevenness of the white color KOBIKI glaze coating creates the WABI SABI atmosphere. The brownish gray color base glaze and brown color of the clay appears through the uneven KOBIKI glaze.
UNKIN is one of the traditional patterns used in Japanese crafts, such as pottery and lacquer ware. Generally and traditionally, cherry blossoms and maple leaves are used for this pattern.
Flowers and leaves are elaborately painted over the whole outside of the bowl, and this techniques requires much time and effort. Considering the beauty of this work, along with the time and effort by the artist, this Matcha Bowl is amazingly reasonable in price.

White and purple color cherry blossoms are in full bloom on the outside of the bowl. Each petal is elaborately painted by hand, so that all the flowers gracefully and elegantly bloom in all their glory. Some blossoms are colored in purple, which is mixed with the color of maple leaves. Compared with cherry blossoms, only six maple leaves are on the outside of the bowl, but they create a strong impact. Rather, brown color of the maple leaves and golden color of the veins adds a superb accent to the bowl. The cherry trunk is painted with a mix of brown and gold colors, which creates a strong and vigorous atmosphere, in contrast to the tender image of the cherry blossoms. It is a very well-balanced composition.
Golden dots represent the stamens of cherry blossoms, and green dots represent the leaves. Each color is inlayed outside the bowl, and well harmonized not only with the cherry blossoms and maple leaves but also with KOBIKI white glaze.

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

Kagetsu Hara was born in Kyoto in 1971. He is known for his mastery of a wide range of traditional ceramic techniques. He won awards for competitions in Kyoto Prefecture.
He studied and worked under his father, Kiyokazu Hara. Many of his works feature some traditional technique such as MISHIMA, HAKEME, KOBIKI, and so on, which are taken over from his father. His representative delicate techniques receive a high evaluation.


- 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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