Matcha is the tea with the longest history in Japan. As a result, many traditional accessories have developed to prepare matcha. The two most vital to matcha preparation must be the chawan (“matcha bowl”) and chasen (“matcha whisk”). The chawan is a bowl with high walls and broad enough to allow the chasen to easily move back and forth to whisk matcha. Chawan are prized possessions of any practitioner of Japanese tea ceremony, who seeks hand-made, one-of-a-kind works from artisans.
Sugimoto America is proud to support the Seattle-area artist, Mika Sullivan, by offering her hand-made chawan fired in her personal kiln.
Mika moved to the United States in 1988. Her interest in the arts began as a child in Kyoto, Japan, with drawing and a love of pottery. In 1998, while attending the Kirkland Arts Center, she once again discovered and fell in love with pottery. She has progressed from throwing clay on the potters’ wheel in her kitchen to now doing the same in her own studio, a remodeled pump shack in her backyard. Attached to the studio is a large gas kiln, allowing her to expand designs and experiment with glazing and firing techniques.
Mika enjoys producing practical items for everyday use that she decorates with simple patterns from ancient Japanese ceramics, or at times with whimsical animal or human figures. Her pieces are painstakingly trimmed to be light and easy to use. “Quality, not quantity” is Mika’s motto. Through her work, she reminds us to smile and laugh, meet new people and enjoy old friends. You will see this in every piece she signs.
Check our online store for chawan from Mika. All are hand-made, so variation is part of their charm and ensures that every piece is unique!