ANAGAMA Matcha Bowl

NAGOMI (by Hozan Tanii)

(Please note: ANAGAMA pottery is one of a kind and there are never two alike, so that once sold, this will be out of stock. It takes approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Japan. In extremely rare cases, it may take up to 4 weeks. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

One-of-a-kind piece
diameter: 4.33inch (11cm), height: 3.15inch (8cm), weight: 9.98oz (283g)
Traditional ANAGAMA pottery fired on August 27 to 30, 2016
Made by Hozan Tanii

Chawan tea bowls fired in the ANAGAMA kiln have been sought-after by tea masters throughout the history of tea in Japan, especially by those within the Enshu school. The Enshu school was established by Enshu Kobori (1579-1647), who also developed and established the art of the Japanese garden and landscape in the Middle Ages.

The color and pattern of each ANAGAMA ceramic is completely unique. There is never one ANAGAMA the same as any other. The smoky patterns of the ANAGAMA are created by soil, wood ash, and fire in the ANAGAMA kiln. It is impossible to fully control the patterns made by fire. It is the reason why it is said that ANAGAMA pottery is the art of the combination of earth and fire, and why ANAGAMA fascinates the artisan and touches the heart. (For more information regarding ANGAMA Matcha Bowls, please click here.)

Bright and rough natural glazes in gray, aubergine, brown, and BEEDORO green are made from only wood ash during firing in the kiln. All are well marbled into one bowl and create a complicated, indescribable aura. The brownish green color is BEEDORO glaze from wood ash. Burst feldspars look pebbly. The brown and reddish color is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese, and is an essential feature of ANAGAMA pottery. Burnt deposits play an important part in deepening the atmosphere. These are all essential features of ANAGAMA pottery.

NAGOMI of this name means peaceful mind and heart, a soothing feeling, in Japanese. The front surface, which is scraped away, fits into the hands comfortably, and not only the HIIRO fire color, but also the glassy natural glaze on the front exterior evokes a warmer mood. Beyond that, the fundamental components relating to three glazes, which make us feel peaceful, are potentially hidden on this bowl.

Three glaze colors which are yellow gold, gray and BEEDORO green, vertically flow from the front top to the bottom exterior. Those flows are naturally created by chance, but its flow beautifully colors the Matcha bowl as though it is the intention of the artist, Mr. Hozan Tanii. He comments that his feelings and intentions reached this bowl very well during the firing process, and the Matcha bowl understood and responded by expressing the flows of the glaze. His peaceful mind through mutual and internal conversation with the Matcha bowl is named on this one and only bowl.

The number “three” also has another meaning. A numeral of three means harmonization and coordination in Japanese. Three unintentional natural glaze colors of yellow gold, gray and BEEDORO green flow with superb matching, avoiding clashes with each color. The moderation provided by three glazes creates the ultimate peacefulness, enlightening us with the knowledge that harmony is the greatest of all virtues.

BEEDORO glaze naturally flows from the body to the bottom on the front exterior, and its glaze flow is built up around the base. The glaze color and feeling change depending on its density, from dark to glossy green, an expression beyond description.

Texture is also one of the focal points for this Matcha bowl. Glaze fired at a high temperature has a smooth, glossy texture, while firing at a lower temperature creates a rough, muddy texture. The combination between the smooth and rough textures express the unique aesthetic atmosphere of the bowl.

This Chawan was placed upright in the kiln. The patterns on the bottom were created by placing the work on fireproof stones during firing in the kiln. Those stones are used not only to hold the bowl in place during firing, but to add patterns to the work or to adjust the burnt color. One of three stones are burnt in the kiln, and natural BEEDORO glaze colors its stone trace. The contrast between the color of the plain earthenware, the HIIRO fire patterns, and the BEEDORO glaze pool evokes the impression of natural beauty created over time.

Enormous techniques, developments, time and devotion of Mr. Hozan Tanii went into creating this ANAGAMA work of art, which was first developed in the Middle Ages. His prominent techniques, and the interaction between fire and earth in the kiln, which cannot be fully controlled, created this one and only sublime Matcha bowl. Once you see or touch this item, your heart must be mesmerized by the art of earth, fire, and the artisan's soul.

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Hozan Tanii

Hozan Tanii was born in 1953. He graduated from the technical art department at Osaka Art University. And he took over the third generation of Tanikan Kiln in 1983. He is one of only a few artisans who explore the infinite beauty, depth, and range of clay itself, in contrast to the many artisans who explore glaze colors or printing. He has and makes full use of fourteen kinds of kilns and several tens of thousands kinds of glaze in order to bring out the boundlessness possibility of earthen clay. He frequently goes to the mountain in Shigaraki where he lives and collects clay. He has continued to experiment using the clay he finds and tries to bring out the infinite possibility of clay for over 30 years. All of his arts are well-planned and elaborated in various view points, beauty, function, usefulness, and so on. In addition, made from sustainable natural elements, his creations work symbiotically with the earth's ecosystem.
Mr. Hozan Tanii says that his work is Michi. Michi (Do) is contained in the martial arts Judo and Kendo, the tea ceremony Chado, and so on. It has been said in Japan since the Middle Ages, that good technique can only be attained if one also cultivates a strong and healthy body and spirit. If you would like to master a technique, you must not only pursue the technique but also improve the spirit and physical condition.


- 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.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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