A mix between rustic simplicity and elegant beauty, this Kakewake style tea bowl is a fitting representation of the centuries old Kirei-Sabi tea ceremony aesthetic.
About the Chawan
On one side a subdued green glaze, on the other a splatter of dark and light brown, and piercing between them a shock of golden yellow. This distinctive splitting of glaze colors is known as Kakewake (掛分け) and is well practiced throughout virtually all branches of Japanese pottery. Although the colors are rustic, the clear separation and smooth form of the bowl creates a sense of control and elegance.
This matcha bowl is handcrafted by Rito Aoshima in the Shitoro-Yaki style, using iron-rich clay from the same region that the Sugimoto family makes tea.
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 (Kakewake), 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.
Hot Brew Preparation
Cold Brew Preparation
- Shitoro-yaki Style
- Made by Rito Aoshima
- Diameter 5", Height 3"
- Comes with handmade kiribako wooden box