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MUKIGURI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

(Please note: It takes approximately 2 to 5 business days from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Japan. In extremely rare cases, it may take up to 20 business days. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

diameter: 3.94inch (10cm) height: 3.35inch (8.5cm) weight: 11.6oz (330g)

Made by Shouraku Sasaki at Shouraku Kiln.
Shouraku Kiln, opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku-yaki kilns in Kyoto. Shouraku Sasaki is the third generation of family artisans at the kiln.

This MUKIGURI Matcha bowl is created after the original by Chohjiroh Raku (circa 1500 to 1589), the father of Raku-yaki, who began to create Raku-yaki under the supervision of Rikyu Sen who indurated Teaism. (For more information, pleae click here.)

The original work MUKIGURI made by Chohjiroh Raku is designated as an Important Cultural Property. High quality duplication traditionally has been admired for established Japanese ceramics since creating high quality duplication requires extremely skilled and broad-based techniques in all aspects of creation, and compels the artisan to meticulously recreate an atmosphere which often was created on accident by the original artisan. Only a few artisans can duplicate historical treasured arts of Raku-yaki.

The art of Chohjiroh Raku usually clears away all embellishment and hyperbole in the pursuit of natural beauty. However, in this piece, you will strongly sense the work of man as architect. This piece is thought to have been strongly influenced by tea master Rikyu Sen. Among all of Chohjiroh’s works, this is one of the most original and unique.

MUKIGURI Matcha bowl has a very unique shape, and was unprecedented at the time it was first created by Chohjiroh Raku. Such a creative work is not seen even among the works of Chohjiroh Raku who had left many works in the world. MUKIGURI looks highly structured, yet it is remarkably natural and it seems that this bowl embodies the ultimate beauty. It is said that the beauty was admired by Rikyu Sen.

The form is very distinctive. The lower half is rounded like a regular Matcha bowl, on the other hand, the upper half is shaped like a cube, which is called MASU GATA in Japanese. The two unique shapes are in perfect harmony. Harmonies and contrasts of tension and respite, flatness and curve of this MUKIGURI are indescribably elegant. It is said that this is one of Chojiroh's most beautiful works. The unique and creative designs create a noble atmosphere. It feels very soft and warm to the touch by hands or mouth. You will be fascinated by Chojiroh's view of the world.

The black glaze of Chojiroh's works is not shiny but matte and moderated because of the kiln firing technique. The black glaze of Raku-yaki is made from the rare and precious KAMOGAWA stone, found only in the KAMOGAWA River, which flows through the city of Kyoto. Of course, the glaze of this ceramic bowl is made from KAMOGAWA stone.

Raku-yaki has a water-absorbing property. If used regularly over a long period of time, the aesthetic of the surface gradually changes. It is also a feature of using Raku-yaki that the atmosphere becomes more WABI SABI. Shouraku Sasaki believes that his works are not complete until Matcha is poured in during use. Please enjoy your green moment with this Matcha bowl, which is infused with traditional dignity and modern creativity.

This MUKIGURI bowl gives a glimpse of the spirit and feelings of Rikyu Sen. You will certainly feel the spirit of tea ceremony and the magnificent history of Raku-yaki.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.

Price

US$643.00

Quantity

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

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Chohjiroh Raku (circa 1500 to 1589)

Chohjiroh Raku is the father of Raku Yaki. In the late 16th century he began to create Raku Yaki in Kuro (black) Raku and Aka (red) Raku under the supervision of Rikyu Sen who indurated Teaism. His matcha bowls were called the Rikyu Form, clearing away all embellishment and hyperbole in the pursuit of true beauty. His simple formative style was unique in the world of 16th century pottery. He inspired the ideal Zen spiritual culture into pottery.

Shouraku Sasaki

Shouraku Sasaki was born in 1944, and studied under his father, the second-generation Shouraku. He strives to inspire an elegant and relaxing atmosphere into extremely simple Raku Yaki. His high level and quite broad-based techniques which enable to create elegant works and to duplicate historical treasured arts are highly appreciated not only by pottery and porcelain industry but by Japanese tea ceremony schools.

Directions

- Raku Yaki has a water-absorbing property, so it is possible for this ceramic to retain and "sweat" small amounts of water.
- Before using Raku Yaki for the first time, please soak in lukewarm water for one or two minutes. Before reusing after it has been stored long term, please soak for thirty seconds. This process helps to keep Raku Yaki strong and durable as well as clean and stain-resistant.
- It is best to wash the Raku Yaki using only tepid water.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, washing with chlorine detergent, or in a dish washing machine.
- In case of using this as a dish, don't serve foods that have been made with sweetened vinegar.
he vinegar may damage the glaze. - Take care not to hit the bowl against a hard surface or give it a strong shock.
- Before you store Raku Yaki in its wooden box for long tem, dry off fully in the shae for 4 to 7 days. Otherwise, if the clay remains wet while it is packed away in a box, there is a possibility for the Raku Yaki to take on an unusual earthy odor or even for mold to form.
- If Raku Yaki takes on an unusual earthy odor, you can remove the odor by continuing to use Raku Yaki every day for a week.

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