KI KOHIKI MENTORI (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 5 weeks 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: 4.72inch (12.0cm) height: 3.35inch (8.50cm), standard matcha bowl size
Sophisticated KI KOHIKI
Made by Kazuhiko Kudo

KOHIKI ware is pottery made in Asahikawa, Hokkaido prefecture, the northern part of Japan, where you can strongly feel the warmth of the earth. KI means yellow color, and KOHIKI ware is usually white in color, but Mr. Kudo, the artisan of KI KOHIKI ware, is the only one who can make yellow colored KOHIKI ware. Yellow Sand has fell on the Asahikawa area from the Eurasian continent on the westerly winds since about 45,000 years ago. This Yellow Sand is the miraculous clay that produces the KI KOHIKI ware we are introducing here.

KOHIKI ware is the original creation of Mr. Kudo. He spent more than five years to develop KI KOHIKI ware by mixing several types of clay through trial and error. He strives to always respect the natural world around him and bridge his works to nature. For example, he digs out the clay with his own hands and a shovel. He harvests the basic soil containing iron, the KI KOHIKI decorative clay, and oak wood ash natural glaze, all gifts from the earth. The yellow Earthen color is produced by a well-balanced combination of reducing and oxidizing firings and firing times. This ware is truly his lifetime focus developed through his long-term dedication.

KOHIKI of this Matcha bowl differs from the usual KOHIKI in the yellow color and the simple roughness of the clay, and you can feel the warmth of the clay both visually and tactually. This has not only a beautiful and unique atmosphere but also soothes the heart because of Mr. Kudo's respect for nature and its exemplary design. It has a triple layered structure with the basic soil, a yellow clay coated over it, and a natural ash glaze, created during firing in the kiln. The reddish-brown color on the surface is created by iron content in the soil, fired by high temperatures in the kiln.

Mr. Kudo strives to create simple, traditional yet functional vessels. He takes his time shaping the vessel to make it more comfortable to hold in the hands. Although this looks and feels massive, it is not that heavy and is easy to use. In addition, the uneven rim fits the mouth perfectly when drinking Matcha. The uneven form evokes the WABI-SABI aesthetic sense that has been cherished in Japan since ancient times.

The sides of this Matcha bowl are boldly scraped away and the rim is uneven due to its being formed by hand. The shape, which is formed asymmetrically, is based on his ingenuity, uniquely expressing something that is both gentle and rough.

The strong reddish-brown color of the bottom part including KOHDAI, the base of this Matcha bowl, is colored by burnt scallop shells, which make the decorative clay chemically react during firing in the kiln. The pentagonal KOHDAI expresses the "Five Elements Theory" which is based on the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. We can feel the expression of Mr. Kudo's philosophy, which values a relationship with nature.

The cracks seen over the whole surface is called KAIRAGI. KAIRAGI is created by difference of shrinkage ratios of yellow clay and basic soil. The unique texture also adds a WABI-SABI atmosphere. KAIRAGI texture is one of the Japanese pottery techniques that has been enjoyed since ancient times for its unique appearance.

The texture of the earthenware, the colors of KI KOHIKI and oak ash glaze, the iron coloration and the accents of the KAIRAGI texture are harmonized beautifully in this Matcha bowl. The more you use it, the more you feel a peaceful symphony.

The earthen color of KI KOHIKI MENTORI handcrafted Matcha bowl will certainly expand your green moment.

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.)




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Kazuhiko Kudo

Kudo was born in 1970.
In 1988, after graduating from high school, he studied under Kiyoko Kohyama and Kenichi Kohyama, Shigaraki ceramic artists.
He became an apprentice under the tutelage of Kiyoko Kohyama and Kenichi Kohyama, while living with them. Kiyoko Kohyama is a pioneer among Japanese women potters based in Shigaraki, and her efforts to recreate the Shigaraki Natural Glaze have earned her a reputation not only in Japan, but around the world.
In 1996, he moved to Asahikawa, Hokkaido prefecture. In 2001, five years in the making, his own method of KI KOHIKI was completed.
Since 2013, he has been exhibiting in the U.S., France and many other countries, as well as holding solo exhibitions. His works are cherished in Japan, and highly acclaimed around the world.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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