Sophisticated Bowls of Eizan
Sophisticated Matcha Bowls of Eizan Kiln: Now Available
[Limited] KOSHI MENTORI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl): US$184.00 (Now Available)
KOSHI means waist and MENTORI means scraping off in Japanese. As the name suggests, the bottom side of this bowl is boldly and rhythmically scraped away. And the inside and a portion of the outside is covered with beautiful white glaze...
[Limited] TOBIKANNA ZIMON AOYU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl): US$141.00 (Now Available)
The pale blue color of this Matcha bowl is very impressive. It adds a cool impression and is in harmony with the flat form of this bowl and TOBIKANNA patterns. Eizan Okuda uses this blue color glaze called AOYU, which is inspired by Biidoro glass...
Forming / Trimming Skill of Mr. Eizan
Mr. Eizan’s forming skill makes it possible to create a wide variety of sophisticated and modern Matcha bowls.
Potters usually are skillful at producing one specific form, yet Mr. Eizan has the techniques and imagination to create a wide variety of patterns. While imagining the completed form, he elaborately creates Matcha bowls by using the potter's wheel and trimming tools. His abundance of technical skills and artistic vision make it possible to bring forth excellent works. He has an extraordinary ability to embody his vision in each Matcha bowl he creates.
After first forming by potter's wheel, he also shapes and characterizes his bowls by trimming using specialized tools, considering the usability, thickness of the glaze and so on. Since he also holds the tea ceremony master name of Urasenke tea school, his works are not only sophisticated but functional.
His Matcha bowls, backed by his skill, are magnificent. We sincerely hope our customers will try and appreciate his works.
What is Eizan Okuda / Eizan Kiln?
Mr. Eizan Okuda was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture in 1944. He studied under his father, who is also a potter from his earlier years, and enhanced his techniques.
He has had a brilliant career. 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 craftsman of Shigaraki Yaki ware in 1992 and he was awarded as a traditional crafts industry contributor in 2007. He holds private exhibitions all over Japan and provides guidance to artisans around the world.
Mr. Eizan produces a wide variety of sophisticated and modern Matcha bowls while strictly adhering to traditional techniques. He has a perfect command of glaze, forming and firing by his outstanding skill and unique experience since he has been creating a wide range of traditional Matcha bowls. Therefore, he also has a deep and wide range of skills. Almost all potters specialize in certain techniques or the pottery-making knowledge rooted in a specific region, such as Kyo-Yaki or Shigaraki-Yaki. On the other hand, Mr. Eizan's diverse works are beyond the everyday norms. Such a potter as Mr. Eizan is very rare and special.
He is also one of the few potters who have the tea ceremony master name, even in Japan. After graduating from high school, he took lessons in tea ceremony of the Urasenke school, which is one of the three major schools of Japanese tea ceremony, while training in pottery-making. And he was given the tea ceremony master name "Sohei" by the head of Urasenke in 1973. So, he focuses not only on the appearance of each piece but also its functionality. You can feel his attention to detail.
Eizan Okuda is truly one of the representative potters of Japan. We highly recommend that you try Eizan Okuda’s work once and experience his unique perspective!
Eizan Okuda produces a wide variety of sophisticated and modern Matcha bowls.
He has a perfect command of forming by his outstanding skill and experience.
He is truly one of the representative potters of Japan.
He is also one of the few potters who have the tea ceremony master name, even in Japan.