A matcha tea bowl (chawan) that is made in the hallmark style of Asahiyaki: neutral local, clay that is said to enhance the taste of tea and light colored spots on the glaze that are affectionately known as "deer marks." Asahiyaki's benikase clay has been excavated from Shirakawa and Oriiyama in Uji for over 50 years. It is slightly large for a tea bowl—closer to a cereal bowl— that is surprisingly light in the hand.
Each piece is hand-thrown, with lines made with artists' fingers intentionally left to give the pottery a warm, handmade feeling. Please note the unique variations in the glaze around the bowl.
Before using it for the first time, soak it in water for 10 minutes to minimize staining.
4.72"D x 2.83"H.
Materials: Local benikase clay, transparent glaze. Gas-fired.
Comes in a protective, wooden box.
From Uji, Kyoto, Japan.
A 16th generation ceramics studio, Asahiyaki is synonymous with tea culture in Kyoto. The family of Matsubayashi has been perfecting the craft of celadon and unglazed teaware made from local clay in Uji since the 1600s. Used by samurai, merchants, and royals, Asahiyaki initially made a name for itself along the Uji River, an important locale for commerce when much of transportation in Japan happened by boat. The family has been recognized by Japanese royal family for their work.
Today, Matsubayashi Hosai XVI carries on his family's legacy, using local clays high in iron and minerals designed to enhance the flavor in a cup of tea. A very small number of wares are produced by the studio each year, and we are honored to be able to represent them.