This tranquil matcha bowl is glazed in a soothing, speckled oatmeal hue and features a lovely seafoam green ombre drip rim. The color combination evokes visions of gentle waves of frothy sea waters washing over sandy beaches. The bowl’s interior is dominated by the same lovely oatmeal shade as the exterior. This is a fantastic background color to show off the deep green of the matcha (with its foam) as it is being sipped from the chawan.
This matcha bowl is also lightweight and elegantly shaped. It has a slight indent just below the lip which makes it very comfortable to hold. No matter how one holds the tea bowl this spot is exactly where one’s fingers rest.
Kiyomizu or Kiyo-yaki pottery is produced in and around the city of Kyoto in 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. 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.