This is the perfect bowl for the creative matcha drinker since only a few matcha bowl forms can invoke the imagination like the Hissengata shape can. With significant alterations to the lip of the bowl, a sense of curiosity is immediately created within the tea ceremony atmosphere.
About the Chawan
This is a handcrafted Shitoro-Yaki matcha bowl made by Rito Aoshima, using iron-rich clay from the same region our matcha is made.
Hissengata (筆洗型) means “Brush-Washing Shape” and refers to the style of the matcha bowl, which is in the shape of a dish used to wash calligraphy brushes. The creative shape lends a sense of movement to the tea while it’s sitting in the bowl, which is helped by the subtle color hidden within the depths of the glaze.
This matcha bowl has a very shiny dark brown glaze characteristic of Shitoro-yaki pottery, with dark red speckles clustered at the bottom. In low lighting, the matcha bowl looks almost black, making seeing the color variation in it a secret treat for those who look at it closely.
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 (Hissengata), the name of the kiln (Ritougama), 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.
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- Shitoro-yaki Ware
- Made by Rito Aoshima
- Diameter 5", Height 3"
- Comes with handmade kiribako wooden box