Limited

CHOHSEN GARATSU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

(Please note: Because this item is usually made-to-order, it may possibly take approximately a week to 10 days from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancellation cannot be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

diameter: 5.71inch (14.5cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

The design of this Matcha bowl is called CHOHSEN GARATSU or CHOHKARA. CHOHSEN GARATSU features two kinds of glaze; black glaze and white glaze. The black glaze is iron glaze which contains rich iron and it becomes dark in color when fired. The white glaze is mainly made from the ash produced by burning straw which becomes cloudy in the high-temperature kiln. It is said that CHOHSEN GARATSU has been made since the Azuchi-Momoyama period (around 16th century).

The contrast between the dark brown and pale white color is striking and very impressive. And the portion, where the two glazes meet, is like a mysterious blue curtain. It seems almost as though there is movement, like the curtain is flickering. The blurred portion is not horizontal but rhythmical. The artisan Eizan Okuda, who is the creator of this Matcha bowl, controls the amount of glaze, and makes this bowl vibrant and full of life.

Eizan Okuda is also a tea master, so he focuses not only on the appearance of each piece but also its functionality. When designing this piece, he considered the balance of color between the inside of the bowl and the green Matcha that will one day grace its surface. You can feel his attention to detail.

It is very difficult to control the amount of glaze and create this style of finish, like a curtain. Outstanding glazing techniques create an elegant and noble atmosphere to the Matcha bowl. The flow of glaze, which naturally occurs during firing, also creates the dynamic atmosphere of this bowl. The character of this bowl, brought by the artisan's techniques and by firing in the kiln, enhances the taste of the Matcha. Even skilled potters cannot control such an expression, so that each work is the only one on earth.

The form is called IDOGATA, one of the traditional forms. However, the KOHDAI base is a little higher and flared than usual. It adds to the sophisticated atmosphere.

This noble Matcha bowl is made in the kiln of Shigaraki, which is one of the six major old Japanese kilns. Shigaraki Yaki ware is typically characterized by using coarse-grained clay. Since around the base of this Matcha bowl is glazed so thinly, you can feel the rough texture of the clay itself.

Its form and size fit perfectly into both hands when drinking Matcha and it is lighter than it looks. The artisan and tea master Eizan Okuda designs his works not only to have a beautiful appearance but also for functionality in the tea ceremony.

Considering his effort and techniques, it is worth more than the price. Once you hold this bowl in your hands, you can see and feel all the elaborate details of his work, which will expand your green tea moment.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the craftsman. There are natural variations in each piece.)

Price

US$295.00

Quantity

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

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Eizan Okuda

Eizan Okuda was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture in 1944. After graduating from high school, he studied under his father and also took lessons in tea ceremony of the Urasenke school which is one of the Japanese three major schools of tea ceremony. He was given the tea ceremony master name "Sohei" by the head of Urasenke in 1973 and in 1987, he studied under Kohsyoh Shimizu, who is the elder of Todai-ji Temple, which is certified as a World Heritage Site. He was also registered as a traditional craftsmen of Shigaraki Yaki ware in 1992 and he was awarded as a traditional crafts industry contributor in 2007.
He is one of few potters who have the tea ceremony master name, even in Japan. He has a perfect command of glaze, forming and firing by his outstanding skill and unique experience. He also holds private exhibitions all over Japan and provides the guidance of pottery-making around the world. Eizan Okuda is truly one of the representative potters of Japan.

Directions

- 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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