This hantsutsu-gata Aka-raku chawan (matcha bowl) features a crazed vermilion red and black glaze.
Made by Shoraku Kiln (松楽窯). The current kiln is located in Kameoka, Kyoto and was built in 1944. Today, both the 3rd and 4th generation potters of the kiln are famous for their raku bowls.
Like all raku chawan, this bowls was handbuilt rather than thrown on a wheel. Handbuilding (or handforming, called tebineri (手びねり) in Japanese) refers to pottery made by hand either through coiling or carving, which leaves subtle imperfections from the idealised circular form. The gentle unevenness and asymmetry that results gives Raku chawan a warm, organic feel, exuding the Japanese spirit of wabi-sabi. Glazed in simple black or red, and made roughly cylindrical in shape, these bowls captured the essence of Rikyu’s pared-down style of tea and marked the dawn of a new age in aesthetics, dictated for the first time by domestic Japanese wares rather than imported goods. without the use of a high-speed pottery wheel (instead using a low-speed hand spun wheel).
11.6cm (4.6in) - width
7.4cm (2.9in) - height
250ml - capacity
Condition: Very good
This vintage Japanese item ships from Thailand