This bowl is a classic Aka-raku (red color) Matcha bowl. Its generosity of size and understated elegance is both stylish yet restrained. Despite its size, the weight of the bowl is light and soft in the hand. The bowl is accentuated with impressions on the surface of the bowl that work in harmony with the shiny glaze to create an impression of watery movement in the current of a slow moving stream.
Random color patches of grey float on the front of the bowl like clouds shaped by a gentle breeze. The combination of salmon and grey colors is restful, pretty and non-cluttered. This bowl will set a happy tone when drinking Matcha outdoors on a cool summer’s evening.
This tea bowl was made by Shoraku Sasaki III in the kiln bearing his family’s name in Kame-oka near the Yada shrine, Kyoto. His grandfather built a kiln in the vicinity of the Kiyomizu Temple in Eastern Kyoto. In 1945 the kiln was moved to the current site. Shoraku’s name was given to him by the head priest of the Yada shrine, and now his grandson – Shoraku Sakai III – has the title and continues the tradition of raku chawan. Shoraku Sakai’s signature seal rests prominently on the bottom of the bowl just outside of the foot-ring.
Raku tea bowls are made by hand, without the use of a potter’s wheel. The potter works the clay with his hand raising the sides while holding and coddling the shape of the clay into the desired shape. Potters touch the tea bowls in the same manner that the users will hold them as they drink from them. Fingers and a small wooden spatula are the only tools used to shape the bowl and scrape away excess clay. In this manner, the connection made in the tea room between participants and the experience of drinking tea is continued in the connection between the potter and the participants.
Raku tea bowls can vary considerably in bowl size, foot-ring design and width of the bowl, but the rim of the bowls are always made with the tea drinker’s ease of drinking in mind.
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.