Limited

UME no HANA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zuikoh Tsuchitani in Zuikoh Kiln

This Matcha bowl evokes the soft and gentle atmosphere of early springtime in Japan. UME Japanese plum is endearingly painted inside and outside of this bowl with light and warm colors. The warm colored texture of the clay adds to the subtle softness. ICCHIN MORI, one of the traditional techniques, in which the artist places a fine border of clay around each design, creates a unique atmosphere. You can feel the warmth of the coming of spring from this bowl.

UME means plum in Japanese. The plum flower is one of the most famous flowers in Japan and it is also regarded as a special auspicious flower because it is said that plum is the first to bloom among all spring flowers.

Beautiful UME plum blossoms are appealingly drawn with a delicate touch on this Matcha bowl. Some are still buds, and some are in full bloom. This painting creates an image of the atmosphere of early spring. The refined beauty of UME is well expressed on this Matcha bowl.

Some patterns of UME plum are edged, placing a fine border of clay around some leaves. This technique is known as ICCHIN MORI in Japanese. This technique gives a three-dimensional appearance to the bowl and makes us feel as though we can touch the real UME plum blossoms. The colorful patches of orange are called GOHONDE, a traditional technique that adds warmth to the atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is a little different in each work.

Black marks on the surface are from iron powder included in the clay. These black marks appear when the pottery is baked in a kiln, and each one is unique.

The gradation pastel colored UME plum and natural texture of the clay creates a soft and warm atmosphere that evokes the coming of spring in Japan. The atmosphere of this bowl surrounds your Matcha green tea in a subtle softness.

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

US$80.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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Zuikoh Tsuchitani

Zuikoh Tsuchitani was born in 1959 in Kyoto. He graduated from the university, majoring in pottery glazing. In 2013, he became the third head of Zuikoh kiln. His effort focuses on the research of the glaze, how to make kiln, forming and firing. Through his research, his goal is to make new and unique Kyo-Yaki teaware, that still holds true to tradition.

Directions

- 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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