If you’re looking for a unique and exceedingly well-crafted traditional matcha bowl to include in your Japanese tea ceremony practice, then this is the chawan for you.
About the Chawan
Doujime (胴締) refers to the shape of matcha bowl where the potter creates a slight indent around the middle and is also often known as a “waist type” bowl.
This matcha bowl by Rito Aoshima was fired in a noborigama kiln, which is an ascending Japanese wood fired kiln that originated in the early 17th century and was an integral part of Japan’s ceramic development. As the heat rises in a noborigama, fine ash is created which covers the ceramic pieces and creates unique and natural variations in the glazes.
The glaze is a deep brown with subtle hare’s fur striations of grey and yellow that collect at the bottom of the matcha bowl. In full light, the brown almost glows to reveal a delicate candy red undertone. Both the matcha bowl and its glaze are made from clay collected from the surrounding area which is also where the Sugimoto family lives and makes tea.
As you hold it in your hands you’ll notice the matte glaze feels very soft and smooth, but more surprisingly, you’ll also notice that the weight of the matcha bowl is much lighter than it looks. This is a very special matcha bowl in every aspect -- from historical background to maker, materials to form.
About the Shitoro-Yaki Ware
Shitoro-Yaki (志戸呂焼) is the pottery style of a small region in southwest Shizuoka Prefecture that originated in the 12th century during the Muromachi period. The center of this style is a town formerly known as Kanaya (金谷), which is also the home of the Sugimoto family.
Clay from this area is high in iron, which results in yellowish and reddish hues in the clay and glazes. Matcha bowls and other pottery in this style often showcase the color and character of this clay, encouraging us to appreciate rustic simplicity and focus on the subtleties that make everything unique.
Kobori Enshu, a famous tea master who studied under Sen no Rikyu’s successor, Furuta Oribe, and creator of the Kirei-Sabi style of tea ceremony, loved Shitoro-Yaki and certified it as one of the Seven Pottery Styles of Enshu (遠州七窯).
About the Artist
Rito Aoshima (青嶋利陶) is a 2nd generation potter who works in the pottery studio founded by his father. The studio was created to revitalize the Shitoro-Yaki style and preserve its over 900 years of history.
Aoshima studied pottery in Seto before returning to Shizuoka to study in the Shitoro-Yaki tradition. After inheriting his father’s studio, he has continued to uphold the traditional craft of Shitoro-Yaki pottery with a focus on elegance.
This matcha bowl comes in a kiribako (桐箱) made from paulownia wood. The front is painted with the style of the bowl (Doujime), the name of the kiln (Ritouzou), and the stamp of the artist, Rito Aoshima. Inside, the bowl is wrapped and protected with a turmeric-dyed cloth as is the traditional style, as well as modern bubble wrap for additional protection.
Please note that each item is exquisitely hand-crafted and unique so the shipped pieces may not exactly match the photo.
- Hand wash only.
- Do not use a harsh scrubber.
- Do not put in the dishwasher or microwave.
Hot Brew Preparation
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- Shitoro-yaki Ware
- Made by Rito Aoshima
- Diameter 5", Height 3"
- Comes with handmade kiribako wooden box