This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.
diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.54inch (9cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.
This Matcha bowl features a contrast of dynamism and silence of the glaze. Green and white color sea sprays on the outside of this bowl are dynamic, while the white glaze on the inside expresses tranquility and warmth. The elegant form of this bowl and dynamism and silence of the glaze are harmonized quite well. NINSEI KAKEKIRI - NAMISHIBUKI is outstanding. Eizan Okuda pays tribute to an ancient Master craftsman, using his masterpiece as a motif of this Matcha bowl. This is one of the masterpieces which combines tradition and modernity.
Two colors of glaze are used. The white glaze is SHIRAHAGIYU and the green glaze is TADEHIYAJIRU. Mr. Eizan gained a resurgence of TADEHIYAJIRU which was used by Ninsei Nonomura, one of the masters who helped to develop Kyo Yaki style in the early 17th century. The glaze evokes the splash of ocean waves. It is said that this method of preparing and applying glaze is very difficult. If the glaze isn’t well prepared, it doesn’t flow well. The brown and reddish color 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. The contrast and harmonization of HIIRO, the flow and mix of the two colors of glaze is the best part of this Matcha bowl and captures our eyes.
As opposed to the dynamism of colliding waves on the outside of this Matcha bowl, the inside features a tranquil atmosphere. The inside of the bowl evokes a feeling of kindness, thoughtfulness, and warmth. One part is unglazed, which is an accent and a point of interest. It requires expert skills to apply glaze in this way because once glaze is placed, it can't be removed. To make the unglazed part inside, Mr. Eizan pours glaze into the bowl using a small ladle and very carefully creates the pattern.
The form of this Matcha bowl is a motif of NINSEI GARATSU which Ninsei Nonomura arranged Karatsu-Yaki as a Kyoto style. The upper part of the Matcha bowl features a circle line, known as ROKUROME, which is the trace of fingers or the paddle that the craftsman uses during wheel-forming. The bottom part of the bowl is shaved well. The KOHDAI (foot) is finished carefully and elegantly. The shape of the KOHDAI is uniquely shaved. Inside of KOHDAI, there is a projection which is created by a traditional technique. This is known as TOKIN, which is a traditional small hood used by YAMABUSHI, Japanese ascetic monks who live in the mountains. The shape of the KOHDAI is bold and it tightens the whole Matcha bowl. The form is smart and sophisticated.
Eizan Okuda is a great artisan and also a tea master. He is an expert in tea culture, so when he designs this Matcha bowl, he focuses not only on the appearance but also its functionality. When you use his Matcha bowl, you can feel his attention to detail. (Sophisticated Bowls of Eizan: click here)
Mr. Eizan paid tribute to ancient Master craftsmen and researched numerous famous works of ceramic art, National treasures and important cultural properties, which were created around the 16th to the 18th centuries, with the goal of reproducing them. Through this research, he learned a variety of skills of the savviest master craftsmen of each era, and extended his range of works.
Considering his effort and techniques, this Matcha bowl is worth much more than the price. Once you hold this bowl in your hands, you can see and feel all the elaborate details of his work. The contrast and harmony of dynamism and silence of the glaze is elegant and beautiful. It will surely expand your green tea moment.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the craftsman. There are natural variations in each piece.)