Limited

GOKI MISHIMA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.72 inch (12cm) height: 3.35 inch (8.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

This Matcha bowl is created using traditional techniques known as MISHIMADE and GOHONDE. The traditional form is called GOKI, which has a gorgeous and sophisticated atmosphere. This GOKI MISHIMA Matcha bowl is created using traditional techniques, yet it also has modern aspects.

The form of this bowl, GOKI, is quite traditional, though not well known. The tall KOHDAI (foot) is finished carefully and elegantly. The shape of the KOHDAI is unique. It is tall and spread out at the bottom, which creates a visual accent, and a sense of tension and delicacy. We call it BACHIKOHDAI and inside of it, there is a projection which is created by a traditional technique. This is known as TOKIN, which is a traditional small hood used by YAMABUSHI, Japanese ascetic monks who live in the mountains.

The contrast between the gentle curve of the lower side of this Matcha bowl and the base is subtle and beautiful. This bowl fits perfectly in your hands. The size of it and rounded form is easy to use and comfortable. It looks cute and charming yet dignified and stately.

This Matcha bowl is created by a traditional technique called MISHIMADE. Before the shaped clay is dried, patterns are marked by stamp stick carved with flowers or another similar design. Two kinds of INKA stamps are used on this Matcha bowl. Four flowers and five waves are marked on the front part of this Matcha bowl. This design is a traditional composition of MISHIMADE. The wave stamps imitate letters which are written on MAKIGAMI rolling paper.

On this Matcha bowl, you can see colorful patches of orange, known as GOHONDE, which are created by a traditional glazing technique. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is quite different in each work. A red clay, which is rich in iron, is used to create GOHONDE for this Matcha bowl. During reduction firing in the kiln, the constituents of the clay are heated and tiny holes form in the surface of the glaze. Each time you drink tea in this special bowl, the texture will evolve. Over time, the tea will color each hole and deepen the atmosphere, creating the texture highly prized by tea masters.

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 Matcha 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 brilliance of this Matcha bowl will surely expand your green tea moment. Please enjoy your own GOKI MISHIMA Matcha bowl.

Specially packaged in a carton 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$141.00

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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