Traditional matcha tea bowl for use in the tea ceremony. Tea bowls used for tea ceremony practice are preferred to have traditional shapes and motifs. They often are imitations of famous tea bowls that were selected as preferred and valued vessels by the tea masters of old. The description of such bowls is often divided into shape, and style or motif. Shapes often resemble ‘everyday’ objects that have a significance in Japanese culture. Motifs are commonly preferred applications and styles of craftsmanship.
Cultural significance of the bowl in question:
Motif: soaked in glaze (kohiki; 粉引). The kohiki approach is simple in design. Yet it is often deeply appreciated for the natural white shades that appear on the surface, and its soft, warming feeling when taken into the hands. The vessel is either soaked or drained in good amount of white masking glaze, leaving a thick layer of creamy white matter on the surface. Sometimes the vessel is wholly drenched, or at other occasion one area may be kept clear, while the remainder is fully soaked in white glaze. The natural way in which the glaze settles on the surface of such a vessel is for many admirers of earthenware a feature of appreciation. And this kind of natural simplicity is for many a valued feature that expresses the sentiment of the wabi aesthetic.
Tea bowl size: D14.5cm x H7.5cm
Packaging: cardboard box
About the artist: Yohei Nakamura
Born in Kyoto in 1950. Graduated from the Kyoto Prefectural Ceramists’ Technical Institute in 1965; entered apprenticeship with pottery master Josui Katō. Received the mayor’s prize at the traditional industries fair in 1966. Received the Kyoto Association of Ceramics prize in 1970. Received the mayor’s prize at the Sumie exhibition in Tokyo in 1971. Received the director’s prize at the Kyoto Cooperative of Ceramics’ Kyo-yaki/Kiyomizu-yaki exhibition in 1983. And received the Mayor’s prize at the pottery figures and ceramics exhibition the same year.