Japanese Matcha Bowl - 香山 Kayama - Goma Patterned Sugi-nari Bizen-yaki Chawan - 250ml

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This sugi-nari Bizen-yaki chawan (matcha bowl) features an unglazed finish, typical of Bizen ware, that shows off the dramatic marks left by the heat and fire during the kiln firing process. This texture is accented by spots of natural glaze formed by ash falling on the bowl during firing. This spotty pattern is called 'goma' after its resemblance to sesame seeds.

This bowl was made by Kayama (香山) and ships in its original tomobako (wooden paulownia box)

Bizen-yaki (備前焼) is a type of Japanese pottery that traditionally comes from Bizen province, now part of Okayama prefecture, Japan. The site of one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, pottery has been made in Bizen since at least the 14th century.

Fired at high temperature for a long time (as long as 14 days) in wood-burning kilns, Bizen ware is known for its earthen colours and lack of traditional glaze. Because of the clay’s high rate of shrinkage, it is unsuitable for glazing. Instead, the designs found on Bizen ware come from kiln effects and include traces of molten ash resembling glaze and markings resulting from wood-burning kiln firing.


12cm (4.7in) - width
7.5cm (3in) - height
250ml - capacity

Condition: Excellent

This vintage Japanese item ships from the United States

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