Limited

KOSHI MENTORI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 5.31inch (13.5cm) height: 2.95inch (7.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

KOSHI means waist and MENTORI means scraping off in Japanese. As the name suggests, the bottom side of this bowl is boldly and rhythmically scraped away. And the inside and a portion of the outside is covered with beautiful white glaze. The light brown color of the clay emphasizes the warm atmosphere. The harmony and contrast of natural clay and the noble white glaze are very unique.

This Matcha bowl is made in the kiln of Shigaraki, which is one of the six major old Japanese kilns. The texture of the clay is the most essential characteristic of Shigaraki Yaki ware, creating its natural, simple style. The soil of Shigaraki is used for this bowl to emphasize the texture. Therefore, you can feel the rough texture of the clay itself.

While imagining the completed form, Eizan Okuda, who is the craftsman of this work, carefully shapes and characterizes this bowl by trimming, using specialized tools to create MENTORI scraping off form, considering the usability, thickness of the glaze, and so on. KOSHI MENTORI silhouette adds boldness and a dynamic impression to this bowl.

The warm and rough surface of this bowl is coated by the white glaze. To emphasize the beauty, glazed in white, the artisan Eizan Okuda controls the firing time on purpose to produce warm and calm colors. The dynamic shape of this bowl and elegant white glaze are well balanced, and create a sophisticated atmosphere. 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.

He is also particular about the details of design. There is a round portion that is not glazed inside the bowl and the rim of the bowl is lined by trimming tools which is called KUSHIME pattern since it looks like it has been combed by KUSHI Japanese hair comb. Each design is matched very well, therefore this bowl is very attractive. You can feel his attention to detail.

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.

To consider the time and care, it is set at quite a reasonable price. This will deepen in atmosphere over time. Please enjoy your green moment with this Matcha bowl, which will enrich your tea time!

Specially packaged in a carton 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$184.00

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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