Limited

SEIKAIHA MON (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 2.75inch (7cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

Mr. Eizan chose SEIKAIHA (SEIGAIHA) as the motif for this Matcha bowl. SEIKAIHA is an endless wave pattern and MON means crest in Japanese. SEIKAIHA is auspicious, with a wish for lasting forever happiness and a peaceful life. The gradation, flow and mixing of the glazes, and HIIRO are absolutely fascinating.

Eizan Okuda is a great artisan and also a tea master. 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. (Sophisticated Bowls of Eizan: click here)

Five SEIKAIHA MON are stamped at the front part of this Matcha bowl. It’s interesting to note that each stamp (INKA) looks three-dimensional. The hip is shaved to express waves and it also tightens the form of this Matcha bowl. The lip is little flared, which feels soft against one's mouth. The line from the lip to the hip is simple and smooth but the hip to the KOHDAI (base) has a gentle curve, which evokes the great tolerance of the sea.

White SHIRAHAGIYU and blue NAMAKOYU are used. The gradation, flow and degree of mixture of the glazes capture our attention. The blue glaze which covered SEIKAIHA MON looks like a real ocean wave and decorates the surface beautifully. When you see it from above, its flow is like a wave breaking upon the shore.

When you turn it over, you’ll find a sandy beach. The brown and reddish color of the Matcha bowl is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO and looks like sand, which reflects gentle sunshine, and adds a warm atmosphere. The white glaze and HIIRO evoke the edge of the surf, majestic sky, clouds and endless expanse of horizon. You will experience different scenes from each angle.

This Matcha bowl fits in the hands well and is comfortable to hold. When you receive Matcha at the tea ceremony, it is the tradition to turn the bowl twice clockwise and then to drink the tea. When you turn this bowl in this traditional way, the blue glaze which is painted inside the bowl comes directly into your view and you can feel the sky while you are drinking tea.

Considering Mr. Eizan’s 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.

This SEIKAIHA MON Matcha bowl evokes the summer scenery of the beach with its warm and gentle atmosphere. It is a very unique Matcha bowl and you can enjoy its many aspects. This auspicious SEIKAIHA MON pattern contains a wish for lasting forever happiness and a peaceful life. Please enjoy green tea with this auspicious 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$184.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$50.00 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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