This charming matcha bowl is decorated with a large tree sporting white and pink blossoms, set against a pale blue sky. The style is wonderfully loose and flowing, the colors soft and whimsical. The blooms almost float across the surface of the bowl like clouds in the sky. It is crafted from a light-weight cream colored clay with dark flecks and contains some large-grain particles. A very glossy clear glaze covers all but the bowl’s foot-ring, and shows off the color of the clay nicely. Its simple flared shape is appealing and suits the decoration well.
Kiyomizu or Kiyo-yaki pottery is produced in and around the city of Kyoto, 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 on the outskirts of Kyoto. 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 post-firing. Kiyomizo pottery is known for its hand-painted designs, vivid or soft color tones and clear glossy finish glazes.
Please Note: 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.