ANAGAMA Matcha Bowl
MINORI no UTAGE (by Eizan Okuda)

(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: 4.72inch (12cm), height: 2.95inch (7.5cm), weight: 7.76oz (220g)
Traditional ANAGAMA pottery fired from September 7th to 10th, 2020.
Made by Eizan Okuda

MINORI means crop or harvest and UTAGE means celebration in Japanese. The name evokes a lively celebration where people gather to welcome the bountiful harvest from the earth in autumn. This Matcha bowl is a masterpiece of traditional ANAGAMA pottery, which was fired in the kiln from September 7th to 10th, 2020.

A special clay created by Mr. Eizan Okuda was used to produce this dark brown Matcha bowl. He made the clay following his original methods and ratios of compounds, and it is very unique. This Matcha bowl was made using a hand-building technique. First Mr. Eizan Okuda makes coils and places them around the edge of the base in spirals. He pushes down the coil to seal the gap, and pinches it up and shapes the bowl using the potter's wheel. It takes time and effort to form a Matcha bowl in this way, but the end result shows that the artisan has transferred his heart and soul into the work. You can faintly see the trace of coil outside of this Matcha bowl.

ROKUROME is the trace of fingers or the paddle that the craftsman uses during wheel-forming. It is the circle line which you can see at the upper part of the Matcha bowl and it adds accent to the bowl. The design of the rim is waved. This shape is made by a combination of wheel-forming and hand-forming techniques. It engenders a unique atmosphere.

This Matcha bowl fits perfectly in the hands because it is slightly small. When you hold MINORI no UTAGE Matcha bowl, you’ll feel comfortable.

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. This bowl was placed at the edge of the first-row shelf in the ANAGAMA kiln. This is the second best place in the ANAGAMA kiln because ash falls there. (For more information regarding ANGAMA Matcha bowls, please click here)

This Matcha bowl is intentionally made thin. The fire pushed the bowl for hours in the kiln and changed its shape. It looks like an ellipse and brings a unique atmosphere. The front exterior of the Matcha bowl features a natural moss green glaze flowing from top to bottom. The color of the clay is dark, so it is difficult to see, but there is glassy BEEDORO glaze at the KOHDAI foot.

You can see matte BEEDORO glaze on both sides, at the front part of the rim and the other side of the rim, inside of the bowl. This texture was produced by ash which falls on these parts continuously during firing.

The ash accumulates inside of the Matcha bowl and creates a white-brown pattern. Burst feldspars look pebbly and shiny, accenting the rough and natural surface texture. Not only outside of the bowl but also inside of the bowl, it takes on a different character and atmosphere.

The brown and reddish color on the backside of the Matcha bowl 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. It reflects the light and shows different indescribable features such as gradation color of HIIRO and both shiny and matte surfaces. Some parts have metallic charcoal grey color. This is also a type of HIIRO.

This Matcha bowl has many aspects. Natural ash glaze, burst feldspars, gradation color of HIIRO, special clay and so on. Feldspars contained in the clay burst cheerfully which add accent to the bowl and make this bowl lively. You will be inspired by the transcendent beauty of MINORI no UTAGE Matcha bowl and when you see it, you’ll lose track of time.

The shape of the KOHDAI (foot) is also unique. You can see that it is spread out. We call it BACHIKOHDAI which evokes dignity. Inside, there is a projection which is created by a traditional technique. We call this TOKIN which is a traditional small hood used by YAMABUSHI, Japanese ascetic monks who live in the mountains.

During the kiln firing process, three attachments are placed between the bottom of this Matcha bowl and the floor of the kiln, so that the bowl can be positioned in the kiln. This time, the artisan used clay. The three parts are unglazed and add an element of tension to the atmosphere.

Enormous techniques, developments, time and devotion of Mr. Eizan Okuda went into creating this ANAGAMA work of art. 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 MINORI no UTAGE, your heart will be mesmerized by the art of earth, fire, and the artisan's soul.

MINORI no UTAGE evokes the lively and joyful atmosphere of a bountiful harvest. Burst feldspars look like people, and perhaps even nature spirits, dancing joyfully to celebrate the bountiful harvest. The brown, dark yellow and metallic charcoal grey colors remind us of the harmony and generosity of nature. This Matcha bowl is perfect to enjoy your precious green tea moment and to experience the beauty of the natural world.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.



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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.


- 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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