Exclusive Product - Matcha Tea Bowl (Gentle Jade)
Please note the cost stated is for the matcha bowl alone. Limited pieces are available as it is handmade.
In a special collaboration to feature young pottery masters from Shigaraki, we bring you this exclusive matcha bowl handmade by Naoto Tanii. His works are known for their distinct mix between ceramic and silver. The sterling silver applied to the interior allows the pottery to mature in both taste and flavour the more you use it.
Each of Tanii's item are handmade and he hopes that the individuality of the bowl will appeal to you on a deeper meaningful level.
- Born in 1976 in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.
- Graduated from Kyoto Prefectural Ceramics College in 1997.
- He has been exhibiting his artworks since 2007.
Taking care of your handmade matcha bowl:
- Soak the bowl in lukewarm water to moisten the clay. This will also help to reduce any astringency and prevent stains.
- As the product is water-absorbent, we highly recommend washing your matcha tea bowl thoroughly with clean water after use.
- Once properly cleaned, dry your tea bowl before storing it.
- As there are small invisible holes on the surface of any pottery, the use of any dark pigments may be absorbed and cause stains.
- Please wash your bowl gently as scrubbing the item too hard may cause some of the silver to come off.
(This matcha bowl is 7cm in height and the mouth is 11.5cm in width)
Pottery is often the craft of choice for tea farmers during winter, as the nature of this season brings field work to a lull.
Take a fifteen minute drive from d:matcha Kyoto's organic tea fields in the Yubune Region of Wazuka Town to reach the Shigaraki area. The kilns in this area are considered one of the Six Ancient Kilns in Japan. While famous Shigaraki-ware includes tanuki figurines, this area has a long-standing history in local pottery traditions.
The use of Shigariki-ware in tea ceremonies was normalised after tea master Murata Juko instructed for these items to be used. The natural characteristics of Shigaraki-made teaware poignantly reflected the wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles of sado.
Read more about Shigaraki here.
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