Made by Shohraku Sasaki at Shohraku Kiln.
Shohraku Kiln, opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto. Shohraku Sasaki is the third generation of family artisans at the kiln.
This is one of the best quality and most elegant Matcha bowls in Japan, which creates an atmosphere that attracts every viewer.
Your eye will immediately focus on the side of this piece where the glaze flows down from the rim in a very WABI- SABI style. The waved pattern of dripped-down glaze takes advantage of the property of different fusing points of several glazes. Glaze for Raku Yaki flows quickly and easily, so it is not easy to control where it flows.
The black color patterns made by burning charcoal in the kiln appear not only on the front side as with many ceramic bowls, but on all side surfaces. These special black color patterns as mentioned above are found only on AKA RAKU and are called "Fu". Only one "Fu" is usually made by putting charcoal on one side of the matcha bowl while in the kiln. So, "Fu" appear only on one side. However large numbers of charcoals surround these matcha bowls in the kiln and are burned as pictured on the left. Therefore, many "Fu" appear on all side surfaces. In addition, all "Fu" of this item are of varying shade, which requires a special technique. Another technique which requires great expertise is the application of glaze over the "Fu". Usually Raku Yaki is coated with only one layer of glaze, but this item is coated with 5 thin layers of glaze and is burned in the kiln a total of 8 times.
Your eye will also focus on the bottom of the bowl, on which the earthen surface appears. It is one of a handful of places on which the artisan is able to express his identity on Raku Yaki. The earthen surface is finished with a rough-texture in order to create the WABI-SABI atmosphere, and the color is both red and white. To create this unique texture and color, some efforts and techniques are required, for example unique innovations of clay blending and shaping.
Enormous techniques, developments, time and devotion of Shohraku Sasaki went into creating this single work of art, which was inspired by Chohjiro and Rikyu Sen over 400 years ago. Once you see or touch this item, you can't help but stare for a while.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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