ANAGAMA Matcha Bowl
IN BLUE (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: 4.72inch (12cm), height: 3.15inch (8cm), weight: 13.26oz (376g)
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.

The name of "IN BLUE" is the phrase which suddenly ran through Mr. Hozan Tanii’s mind when he opened the kiln and saw this bowl for the first time. Various, unique, and mysterious natural blue glaze coats inside and outside the bowl, and every angle presents a different expression. When we look at this bowl carefully, we feel as though we are immersed within a world of rich blue colors, a blue planet. Along with SOHSHUN FU Matcha bowl, this is one of the greatest works in 2016 ANAGAMA pottery.

IN BLUE Matcha Bowl was placed in the front row of the kiln, which experiences very severe circumstances of temperature changes. Wood ash, which is the factor of natural glaze, was repeatedly oxidized and reduced during the firing process under such harsh conditions, creating the mysterious and energetic bluish color and subtle and profound BEEDORO glaze color. Mr. Hozan Tanii adds the comment on this bowl that the kiln condition changing every moment is similar to the birth of the planet earth, creating the azure sky and deep blue ocean of our blue planet.

In addition, the front row of the kiln is the riskiest place. Works placed in the front row are quite frequently defective, because firewood might hit the work piece. However, if a work survives, it can become exquisite and absolute heaven filled with a sense of torrential tension.

There is an oval pool of glaze in ashy brown and light blue color inside the bowl, created by wood ash burnt for 100 hours. During the oxidization and reduction processes, ash piled in this area and gradually solidified. This natural object created over time is beyond description. Ashy brown color glaze naturally flows from this area, and its flow forms many tributaries from the main stream like a river. Its natural flow coming from a source of water looks as though it could start moving at any moment and add the mysterious blue color to the bowl even now.

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.

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.

The oblique arrangement of the Matcha bowl during the firing process created a pool of natural ash glaze inside the edge of the bottom face, which is one of the unique features of this work.

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.

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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