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 handmade, hand-painted matcha bowl has four sections or faces on its outer surface. Two sections have dark shades of Oribe green glaze. One is a koshi (lattice) textile pattern with copper-coloured glaze in the lines and splashes of purple at the top against a beige background. The other section is a series of vertical lines of various thickness with copper-coloured glaze in the textile komochi shima (mother and child stripes) motif also with a beige background. The two Oribe green glaze sections from the outside of the bowl spill over on the inside, shading darker toward the bottom, but not quite reaching it. The other two inner sections are beige glaze with copper-coloured Japanese wild yams (mukago) on a vine.
This 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.
D130 x H75 mm / Box (Japanese paulownia): L150 x W150 x H120 mm
- Glazed ceramic / Oribe green, metallic copper brown and metallic purple
- No dishwasher / Hand-wash only
- No microwave
- Oribe-ware, Aichi Prefecture
- Made in Japan