Limited

SEIRYU (handcrafted Shigaraki Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.33inch (11cm) height: 3.35inch (8.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Yoshiko Takahashi
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

This Matcha bowl fits in the hands because it is just a little small and the bottom part is rounded. Its atmosphere is warm, soft and gentle. Natural glaze and the curved vertical lines add to the beauty of this bowl. The form is adorable and that is why Yoshiko Takahashi, who is the artisan of this bowl calls it “HIME-JYAWAN” which means Princess tea bowl in English.

SEIRYU means a clear stream of water in Japanese. This Matcha bowl is named SEIRYU since the curved vertical lines look like water is flowing. SEIRYU also refers to people who are pure of heart and righteous in mind and conduct and free from self-interest and deception. Yoshiko Takahashi includes the wish for purity in this name.

Shigaraki is one of the six major old Japanese kilns and Shigaraki Yaki ware is characterized by its natural, simple style and grace of the combination of the clay and feldspar. The style of Shigaraki ware depends on the combination of the clay and the firing temperature of the kiln.

Natural glaze is also one of the features of Shigaraki Yaki. Natural glaze means that feldspar contained in clay and ash in the kiln causes a chemical reaction, and as a result, the part thickly covered in ash becomes the BEEDORO color, which is light and pale green, like jade. The natural glaze melted on the surface both accents and balances the warm and natural reddish-brown color of this Matcha bowl.

Yoshiko Takahashi is the daughter of Rakusai Takahashi. He is one of the leading potters well-known for making traditional Shigaraki Yaki. She has always watched her father work and has learned much from him. The atmosphere of their works are similar, but her works have their own personality.

She uses her favorite technique for the surface of this bowl. It is called SHINOGI. You can see the vertical lines. Like the flow of water, she curves the surface of the Matcha bowl from the mouth area to the foot carefully and equally with a special tool. The rounded form and the SHINOGI technique pair beautifully. She said that SHINOGI was the technique that she was able to use to change the appearance while keeping the form the same. There are many types of SHINOGI and it is really an interesting technique. Traditionally her family has used SHINOGI for generations, however her technique is very fine and original. Rakusai Takahashi said that when he sees her work, he feels amazed because her design has never crossed his mind.

The pattern of glaze and tint depends on where the Matcha bowl is placed in the kiln. Because ash is swirling around inside the kiln and falling onto the Matcha bowls, each one is different with a unique pattern. We’d like you to enjoy the harmony of the rounded shape and SHINOGI and the brilliance of the glaze.

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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Yoshiko Takahashi

Rakusai kiln is one of the representative Shigaraki kilns, which has spanned five generations from the Edo period, around the 19th century.
Yoshiko Takahashi was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture in 1988. She graduated from Kansai Gaidai College and then studied at Kyoto Prefectural Ceramists’ Technical Institute. She graduated from that Institute in 2012 and Shiga Prefectural Shigaraki Ceramic Research Institute in 2013.
She is creating many works and defining her own style at Rakusai kiln. Her works have a delicate and beautifully dignified presence.

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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