This matcha bowl is from Koji Kitano an award-winning ceramicist; his accomplishments include the Prefectural Governor’s Award for Aichi. Mr. Kitano has exhibited his works around Japan for over 37 years. Known for his Oribe-ware, he has created these playful teaware ceramics for Matsu Kaze Tea.
First appearing in sixteenth century Japan, Oribe-ware departed from the more somber, monochrome, symmetrical and balanced Raku-ware that preceded it with its characteristic Oribe green, blue and copper glazes; abstract and geometric motifs; random, asymmetrical designs and free application of glaze.
Driven by the maturing tea ceremony, Oribe-ware was influenced by other crafts such as literature, textiles, painting and lacquerware as well as foreign imports and its motifs include natural elements such as animals, plants, ponds and landscapes (often representing seasons), and textile and clothing designs.
This hirachawan has a shallower design than most matcha bowls to allow the matcha to cool more quickly during the hot summer season. On the exterior the glaze is designed in four sections; two with dark shades of Oribe green that spill to the inside of the bowl one stopping near the top of the bowl and the other spilling to the bottom. Both pool in a deep blue/green Oribe glaze. The two other outer faces are of copper-coloured vertical lines with various thickness in the textile komochi shima (mother and child stripes) motif that become a koshi (lattice) textile pattern on the interior of the bowl with Oribe green glaze and copper-coloured lines on a beige background with a brush and some strokes of purple.
This handmade, hand-painted hirachawan Oribe-ware matcha bowl also incorporates a kannyu or “crackle” glaze with a network of hairline cracks unique to each piece that change colour with use and exposure to tea adding character and marking the relationship of the user with the matcha bowl.
Each piece has Mr. Kitano’s stamp on the bottom and comes in a traditional kiribako (paulownia) protective wooden box with his signature in calligraphy.
D160 x H65 mm / Box (Japanese paulownia): L150 x W150 x H120 mm
- Glazed ceramic / Oribe green, metallic copper brown and dribble of metallic purple
- No dishwasher / Hand-wash only
- No microwave
- Oribe-ware, Aichi Prefecture
- Made in Japan