This elegant matcha bowl has a lovely refined shape that is well suited to its simple, yet beautiful decoration. The bowl’s smooth clay body is the perfect canvas for its rich, glossy black glaze. Foamy green whisked matcha looks exquisite against this dark background color. A subtle drip rim adorns the ‘face’ of this bowl and flows slightly into the bowl’s interior. While the ‘drip’ rim is created with white glaze, it looks more blue in coloration on some bowls.
Kiyomizu or Kiyo-yaki pottery is produced in and around the city of Kyoto, Japan. Kiyomizu pottery traces its origins to the 5th century. At one time, potters and their kilns dotted the streets around the Kiyomizu-dera Temple on the outskirts of Kyoto. Today many high-quality pottery shops remain in this section of town, located on the streets lining the hill up to the temple, but the potters have moved out of the city to nearly Yamashina where there is more room for their workshops. The style and appearance of Kiyomizu pottery has evolved and changed over many centuries, first adding vivid colors during the Muromachi period (1338-1573), and then adding over-glazing techniques to give an added luster to items after firing.
NOTE: Each of these matcha bowls features this glaze in the colors shown. Bear in mind that each individual tea bowl will be its own unique expression of this glaze/color palette.