SHINO SARASA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Yoshinobu Kawashima in Kohzoh Kiln

This earthenware Matcha bowl has a graceful aura. The milky white color glaze evokes warmth. SAKURA cherry blossoms and MOMIJI Japanese maple leaves are carved under the milky white glaze and the pattern can be seen through the glaze, which creates the warm, graceful atmosphere. Gold colors are applied over the glaze and also golden narrow lines are vertically painted outside of the bowl, adding to the atmosphere. The light brown and white colors of INKA stamping add a warm accent.

SHINO of this name means the place where this bowl originated, and SARASA means cotton cloth dyed with patterns such as flowers and people in Japanese. Earthenware in this place was developed 400 years ago, and its technique, especially the glazing technique is superb.

Many complex techniques are used by the artisan to create this bowl. The shape is formed on the potter’s wheel and before it dries, the INKA stamps are placed. Liquid white glaze is applied inside and outside of the bowl. Once it dries, the artisan carefully carves the SAKURA and MOMIJI patterns. The patterns look like paintings, but they are actually carvings. The color of clay shows up and these patterns are light brown.

After bisque firing, he wipes liquid white clay over the INKA. White clay remains on the concave part of the INKA and this part looks white. On the other hand, white clay on the surface disappears and we can see the light brown color and INKA patterns emerge. Five different simple yet impressive patterns of INKA are inlayed uniformly around the outside of the Matcha bowl. Three different flowers, whirlpool and herringbone are stamped.

Thin SHINO glaze is painted by brush over the INKA patterns and inside of the bowl and thick SHINO glaze is applied over the curved pattern. The color of glaze depends on its concentration. So, after painting glaze with a brush, he pats the surface using a sponge to create the contrasting density. The milky white of the thick SHINO glaze adds a graceful and soft atmosphere to the bowl.

This Matcha bowl features KANNYU, a type of glaze and technique which gives the appearance of fine cracks over the whole surface of the white glaze color. KANNYU deepens the WABI SABI atmosphere over time. In the inside of the cup, you can see linear marks made by brush, known as HAKEME.

Many of the processes used by the artisan to create this bowl require much time and effort. The techniques of glazing, INKA stamping, HAKEME and KANNYU are all merged into one graceful Matcha bowl. To consider the quality of this work, it is available at a reasonable price. The contrast of the light brown color and white INKA and thick SHINO glaze are brilliant. We are sure that you will enjoy drinking Japanese green tea in this elaborate 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 artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Yoshinobu Kawashima

Yoshinobu Kawashima was born in Osaka in 1656. He graduated from technical high school in the pottery and porcelain department in 1978, and worked and learned at two famous kilns in Kyoto for 6 years. At the age of 28, he engaged in pottery making under his father’s kiln, which was founded in 1950, and took over his kiln in 2012. His work has won many awards in Kyoto, such as the best design exhibition in 1991.
His work is very famous, especially his painting and decoration technique. He also makes good use of earthenware, especially the use of color. His profound and warm tea ware is highly praised.


- 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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