Wood-fired matcha bowl (chawan) from Iowa-based ceramicist Shumpei Yamaki. Fired in the artist's personal anagama kiln for 100 hours to develop textures on the surface of the ceramics.
Stoneware with sage-colored (green-gray) glaze on the surface. Hand-thrown and fired in Iowa.
3.25"Ø x 2.75"H. Comfortably holds 300ml (10oz).
About the Artist
Shumpei Yamaki was born and raised in Kamakura, Japan. He moved to Philadelphia in 1996 to study dance. He went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in archaeology at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
In 1999, Shumpei was injured in an automobile accident and enrolled in a ceramics class as physical therapy for his arm. He discovered his passion for ceramics, and in 2001 began an apprenticeship under Richard Bresnahan. He learned traditional Japanese pottery techniques, wood-firing, and ways to rely on local resources and resource conservation.
Shumpei went on to graduate studies at the University of Iowa, in 2002, taking full advantage of their strong wood-fire program. He returned to Iowa in 2009, where he is mainly working on functional ceramics and has been experimenting with local clay in his personal endeavors as a wood-fire potter.