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. There are two sections of Oribe green glaze that drip down the outside to a dark Oribe green glaze at the bottom and on the inside to a pool of deep blue/green glaze at the bottom. One section on the outside has columns with figures and copper-coloured circles against a beige background. Another section is a checkered grid with larger copper-coloured circles in shibori tie-dye kimono motif. The other interior sections are a beige glaze with angled lines meeting in peaks, some copper-coloured and some brown along with brown dots and brushes of purple glaze. There is a cluster of copper-coloured images representing the eyes of yams (vegetative propagule) at the bottom.
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.
D130xH80 mm / Box (Japanese paulownia): L150 x W150 x H120 mm
- Glazed ceramic / Oribe green, metallic copper brown with a dribble of metallic purple
- No dishwasher / Hand-wash only
- No microwave
- Oribe-ware, Aichi Prefecture
- Made in Japan