ANAGAMA Matcha Bowl
SOHSHUN FU (by Hozan Tanii)

(Please note: ANAGAMA pottery is one of a kind and there are never two alike, so that once sold, this will be out of stock. It takes approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Japan. In extremely rare cases, it may take up to 4 weeks. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

One-of-a-kind piece.
diameter: 4.33inch (11cm), height: 3.54inch (9cm), weight: 11.00oz (312g)
Traditional ANAGAMA pottery fired on August 27 to 30, 2016.
Made by Hozan Tanii.

Chawan tea bowls fired in the ANAGAMA kiln have been sought-after by tea masters throughout the history of tea in Japan, especially by those within the Enshu school. The Enshu school was established by Enshu Kobori (1579-1647), who also developed and established the art of the Japanese garden and landscape in the Middle Ages.

The color and pattern of each ANAGAMA ceramic is completely unique. There is never one ANAGAMA the same as any other. The smoky patterns of the ANAGAMA are created by soil, wood ash, and fire in the ANAGAMA kiln. It is impossible to fully control the patterns made by fire. It is the reason why it is said that ANAGAMA pottery is the art of the combination of earth and fire, and why ANAGAMA fascinates the artisan and touches the heart. (For more information regarding ANGAMA Matcha Bowls, please click here.)

Bright and rough natural glazes in gray, aubergine, brown, and BEEDORO green are made from only wood ash during firing in the kiln. All are well marbled into one bowl and create a complicated, indescribable aura. The brownish green color is BEEDORO glaze from wood ash. Burst feldspars look pebbly. The brown and reddish color is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese, and is an essential feature of ANAGAMA pottery. Burnt deposits play an important part in deepening the atmosphere. These are all essential features of ANAGAMA pottery.

SOHSHUN means early spring, and FU in this sense means timeline in Japanese. This bowl expresses the beginning of the spring, and its scenery. BEEDORO ashy green glaze on the front exterior dynamically flows left obliquely upward with color gradation. This natural glaze flow expresses the movement of the stream. Piled-up snow is melted by the soft sunshine, and the water from the melting snow runs off into the river.

It also seems that the dynamic flow of BEEDORO green glaze wholly covers not only the body of the Matcha bowl but also the base which is colored in gray, aubergine and brown. New sprouts gradually color the winter plain, expressing the seasonal transition. Nature lived through the harsh winter, and brings new life to the earth. The beauty of this work tells us of nature’s specific and mysterious moment in the continuity of time. Along with IN BLUE Matcha bowl, this is one of the greatest works in 2016 ANAGAMA pottery.

The title of SOHSHUN FU also has another meaning. The name implies the awakening of human intimacy. The season of spring is often compared to first love, and the artisan Hozan Tanii discovered the emotions of first love from the natural flow of the glaze. The flow of the glaze expresses the moment that the energy in your heart dynamically bursts forth. As with the coming of spring, when everything is gradually coming to life, some inner emotions or feelings which are silent begin to arise and to move your heart. Awakening feelings from the inner heart are very lively, passionate, innocent and fresh. Such mixed emotions are well expressed by the complicated glaze colors.

Usually ANAGAMA Matcha bowls don't have such a unique pattern but just reddish brown HIIRO inside because fire and ash from the kiln don't race around inside the bowl. The Chawan are just put in the kiln upright. However, Mr. Tanii creates unique patterns inside the Chawan by placing them on their side in the kiln. It requires much effort and numerous techniques on soil blending, placement, and controlling fire and temperature in the kiln. Therefore, Mr. Tanii's works are captivating not only on the exterior, but also the interior. You can easily picture the fire race around inside the bowl when it was burned in the kiln, and feel the depth of expression just by a glance. The unique placement of the ANAGAMA Matcha bowl on its side during firing also creates the natural glaze flow colored in gray and ashy brown inside the bowl. Those colors change by gradation depending on the fire temperature and accumulation of ash. The coincidental combinations among the glaze, HIIRO fire color patterns, and burst feldspars create sublime scenery inside the bowl.

Texture is also one of the focal points for this Matcha bowl. Glaze fired at a high temperature has a smooth, glossy texture, while firing at a lower temperature creates a rough, muddy texture. The combination between the smooth and rough textures express the unique aesthetic atmosphere of the bowl.

Three small AKAGAI sea shells are used to hold the bowl on its side during firing, and to add patterns to the work or to adjust the burnt color. Trace and slightly striped patterns of sea shells are left beneath the body.

Not only the color and pattern, but also the form of this work is excellent. The rim is a natural oval shape, created by placing the Chawan on its side while firing in the kiln. The form, especially from side to bottom is carefully designed to fit comfortably in both hands. The incomparable beauty of the rim and the body deformation is created in extreme conditions, burned at more than 1,000 Celsius for 100 hours. This work is quite oval to the extent possible without breakage, which strikes the viewer with a vital impression. Upon taking this bowl into your hands, it feels as though you are embracing your loved one forever.

Enormous techniques, developments, time and devotion of Mr. Hozan Tanii went into creating this ANAGAMA work of art, which was first developed in the Middle Ages. His prominent techniques, and the interaction between fire and earth in the kiln, which cannot be fully controlled, created this one and only sublime Matcha bowl. Once you see or touch this item, your heart must be mesmerized by the art of earth, fire, and the artisan's soul.

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Hozan Tanii

Hozan Tanii was born in 1953. He graduated from the technical art department at Osaka Art University. And he took over the third generation of Tanikan Kiln in 1983. He is one of only a few artisans who explore the infinite beauty, depth, and range of clay itself, in contrast to the many artisans who explore glaze colors or printing. He has and makes full use of fourteen kinds of kilns and several tens of thousands kinds of glaze in order to bring out the boundlessness possibility of earthen clay. He frequently goes to the mountain in Shigaraki where he lives and collects clay. He has continued to experiment using the clay he finds and tries to bring out the infinite possibility of clay for over 30 years. All of his arts are well-planned and elaborated in various view points, beauty, function, usefulness, and so on. In addition, made from sustainable natural elements, his creations work symbiotically with the earth's ecosystem.
Mr. Hozan Tanii says that his work is Michi. Michi (Do) is contained in the martial arts Judo and Kendo, the tea ceremony Chado, and so on. It has been said in Japan since the Middle Ages, that good technique can only be attained if one also cultivates a strong and healthy body and spirit. If you would like to master a technique, you must not only pursue the technique but also improve the spirit and physical condition.


- 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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