Komon Seji Okuda Matcha bowl
Craftsman: Seji Okuda
Clay from Iga & Shigaraki
A matcha bowl, also known as a chawan, is a type of bowl that is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It is specifically designed for whisking and drinking matcha, which is a finely ground powdered green tea.
Seji Okuda's matcha bowls are known for their unique designs and high-quality craftsmanship. They are made from high-quality clay and decorated with intricate patterns or textures. The bowls are designed to be both functional and beautiful, with the perfect shape and size for whisking matcha to a smooth consistency.
One of the unique features of Seji Okuda's matcha bowls is the glaze. He often uses a traditional Japanese glazing technique called "Haiyu," which involves a mixture of ash and feldspar.
The glossy black items have traces of slow dripping of glaze, and when illuminated by light, a faint green or blue color can be seen. It's black, but it's not too black. It's a single color, but various colors are hidden, and the more you look at it, deeper colors appear.. Okuda’s white ceramics have a surface where you can enjoy the rough feel of the soil. As with black, red clay is used, which turns black when baked. When white glaze is applied, the black soil appears thinly in gray depending on how the glaze is applied.
Please note that Komon products vary, making each item unique. There may be some slight variations in size, finish, and texture from the photo presented here.