A matcha tea bowl (chawan) glazed with a light blue-grey crackle glaze. Kashibai refers to its glaze (tr. "oak ash glaze") whose color comes from the iron content in the ash. Designed as an everyday tea bowl, it is well-proportioned, feels balanced in the hand, and has a gentle sloped shape that makes for easy whisking with a chasen (matcha whisk).
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.
4.8"D x 2.55"H.
Materials: Local clay, oak ash glaze. Fired in a climbing kiln known as genyo.
Comes in a protective 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.