This stunning Oribe-style matcha bowl is a pleasure to look at from all angles. Eye-cathing strokes of dark green glaze contrast beautifully against the light cream color of the bowl’s clay body. The clay contains plenty of larger particles which, along with the bowl’s ridged surface, create a wonderful landscape for the glaze to flow across. This bowl is also a pleasure to hold. The ridges cradle your fingers when you pick it up, making it very easy to hold. When you hold the bowl, you can feel both the roughness of the clay body and smoothness of the glaze. At an approximate weight of 7 ounces, this bowl is pleasantly lightweight. The interior is fully coated in a clear glaze, which will lessen the wear on your matcha whisk.
While classically a ‘summer bowl’ in shape, this chawan can, of course, be used year round if you love its wonderful shape and glazing. Its appearance is stunning with the contrast of the matcha green inside the bowl.
Oribe ware is a style of Japanese pottery which is named after Furuta Oribe, a famous Japanese tea master who lived from 1544–1615. The style is known for its use of dark green glaze color (often applied in a free-flowing manner and in combination with a white glaze) and asymmetrically shaped pieces.
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.