Limited

SHINJU no CHAWAN (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
Sophisticated Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

The elegant glow of SHINJU no CHAWAN will surely fascinate you. Both the glaze and shape of this elegant Matcha bowl has a sharp tension and warmth, and its contrast and balance engenders a sophisticated and unique atmosphere. The complex harmony of its glow captivates viewers, as though lighted from within.

SHINJU is pearl in Japanese. The most distinctive feature of this bowl is the SHINJU glaze that covers the entire outer surface. This Matcha bowl is a type of lusterware. It looks like a pearl or the inside of a shell. It is quite graceful, beautiful and also mystical. This bowl was specifically designed for the purpose of featuring this special SHINJU glaze.

In contrast to the graceful and mystical SHINJU glaze, white glaze is used on the inside to create gentleness and warmth. Transparent glaze is applied outside and on the upper part of the inside of the bowl. The natural flow of the transparent glaze beautifully decorates the bowl and creates a unique pattern inside, enhancing its graceful atmosphere.

Rough, natural clay is a typical feature of Shigaraki-Yaki, however, the artisan Eizan Okuda chose this smooth, very fine white clay to perfectly complement the SHINJU glaze. Artisans in Shigaraki hardly use such fine white clay, but he uses it purposefully to enhance the charm of the SHINJU glaze.

It is very difficult to control the amount of glaze and create this style of finish. That is why this SHINJU glaze is quite rare and difficult to find. Eizan Okuda controls the amount of glaze and his outstanding glazing techniques make this warm and glittering atmosphere. The flow of glaze naturally occurs during firing. The features of this bowl, brought by his techniques and by firing in the kiln, enhance the experience of drinking Matcha. Even skilled potters cannot control such an expression, so that each work is unique.

The form of this bowl is quite distinctive. When he forms the KOHDAI (foot) he sharply shaves from the base to the upper middle of the side to create this sharp line. This straight sharp line from the base to hip adds accent and tightens up the form of the Matcha bowl. It evokes a feeling of tension, elegance and dignity. The atmosphere of the upper part with ROKUROME is gentle and you can feel the warmth. The contrast between the upper and bottom of this Matcha bowl is one of the special features.

The shape of KOHDAI (foot) is also unique. Inside of it, there is a projection which is created by a traditional technique. We call this “TOKIN” which is a traditional small hood used by YAMABUSHI, Japanese ascetic monks who live in the mountains. ROKUROME is the trace of fingers or the paddle that the craftsman uses during wheel-forming. It is the circle line which you can see at the upper part of the Matcha bowl. The glaze covers the ROKUROME and creates unique patterns.

Eizan Okuda is a great artisan and also a tea master. He works closely with traditional grand tea masters. For example, he was invited by Urasenke to create special pottery to celebrate the anniversary of the tea ceremony. He is an expert in tea culture, so when he designs this Match bowl, he focuses not only on the appearance but also its functionality. When you use his Matcha bowl, you can feel his attention to detail.

Considering his effort and techniques, this Matcha bowl is worth much more than the price. Once you hold this bowl in your hands, you can see and feel all the elaborate details of his work. The elegant beauty of the glaze will surely expand your green tea moment and fascinate you.

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