ORIBE MENTORI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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 Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Noritada Kimura at Kino Kiln

This is a unique Matcha Bowl, which is a combination of the artisan's audacity with calculated subtlety. It is sustained with grounded traditional techniques of the artisan’s original design. The combinations create modern feeling of WABI SABI atmosphere, and make viewers feel the artisan's skill, consideration, and passion.

ORIBE is a green color used in traditional pottery. MENTORI describes the surfaces created by carving away the clay. The traditional green color glaze, ORIBE green, is named after historical tea master, Oribe Furuta.

At first glance, viewers may find the form quite audacious. The sides are boldly scraped away and the slightly asymmetrical shape creates a sense of rhythm or movement. Rough clay used for this brings a bold texture. Some feldspars contained in the rough clay burst during the kiln firing, increasing the dynamic energy of this work.

In contrast, the base is shaped subtly. And the glaze dripping on low side to bottom is quite unique and fascinates viewers. The rim and inside are carefully and patiently polished with tanned deer hide in order to have a smooth feel and to avoid spoiling the bamboo whisk. Surprising indeed, the weight of this is not as heavy as it looks, as it was designed by the artisan to be lightweight for ease of use.

Would you discover this artisan's skill, consideration, and passion with this Matcha Bowl? There is a well-balanced harmony of safety, tension, and rhythm. ORIBE MENTORI brings strength and bold, dynamic energy to your every day.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)



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Noritada Kimura

In 1968 Noritada Kimura was born in Kyoto. The Kimura family has brought forth many ceramic artisans into the world. Indeed, his father, grandfather, two uncles, and elder bother are ceramic artisans. He officially started ceramics in 1989. Then he opened his own Kiln, Kino Kiln in the quiet and secluded Iwakura area of Kyoto. His expressive skill, using natural clay with a variety of glazes and shaping is highly appreciated within the field of ceramics.
Noritada Kimura won his first award in 1992, and has won many awards almost every year since then. He explores the possibility of natural clay, glaze, and form and participates in many ceramics competitions. He is continuously inspired by interacting with the public at his exhibitions, receiving requests, comments, and feedback about his work.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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