Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This is a black Raku with a glaze tone similar to that of the black Raku tea bowls when they were produced about 400 years ago. It is also the oldest form in shape and size. Raku ware is a tea bowl designed for the tea ceremony. The tea bowl has a wide bottom, called "chasenzuri," which makes it easy to turn a tea whisk and serve tea. Also, the cup itself curves slightly inward at the rim, which prevents tea from dripping out of the bowl when drinking and makes drinking the tea elegantly.
It is formed by hand-twisting or hand-kneading, using only hands and spatulas, and is characterized by slight distortions and thick shapes. The entire shape, which is not perfect from side to side, expresses the "beauty of imperfection". There is also a rating system for matcha bowls, "Ichi-Raku, Ni-Hagi, and San-Karatsu," (means 1st rank, 2nd and 3rd) with Raku ware being the most prestigious matcha bowl.
When did these crafts start to craft?：500 years ago / 1500AD / Azuchimomoyama period in Japan
Raku ware is a type of pottery that uses the naturally occurring uneven shapes created by "twist molding" and a firing method called "drawer firing," which is rare in the world.
Raku ware was started in the Momoyama period (16th century) by Chojiro, the first generation of the Raku family. The Raku ware technique has its roots in the three-color ceramics of the Ming Dynasty in China. During the Momoyama period, pottery using such colorful three-color glazes began to be produced mainly in Kyoto, and Chojiro is thought to have been one of the potters who possessed this technique. Although no works have survived, it can be said that this man was the one who introduced the three-color glaze technique from China.
“The most prestigious tea bowl”
In fact, there is a "rank" of matcha bowls. The most prestigious matcha bowls are Raku, Hagi, and Karatsu, with Raku ware being the most prestigious.
Yoshimura Rakunyu is a kiln specializing in Raku ware, which is a unique type of Kiyomizu ware. They create traditional and innovative items every day, ranging from black and red Raku tea bowls, which have been valued in the world of tea ceremony since the time of Sen no Rikyu, to gorgeous painted tea bowls, daily tableware, and indoor tiles called Raku Tile.
The Yoshimura family has been making pottery in Kyoto since the Meiji era (1868-1912), but since Rakunyu, the first generation, the family has made pottery its main business, creating tea ceremony utensils such as matcha bowls and figurines. The name "Rakunyu" has been passed down from generation to generation, and Mr. Yoshimura is the third generation.
“Developing Traditional Techniques”
We are working hard to produce "painted tea bowls," which are rare in Raku ware, and are challenging the development of unique Raku ware. We are not only preserving tradition, but also developing our techniques without being bound by them to produce products that will please our customers in the modern age.
Selected to exhibit at the Kyoto Kiyomizuyaki Paris Exhibition
Recognized by the City of Kyoto as a "Future Master Craftsman
Your Contribution to Craftsman
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Income for Craftsman: Craftsman get only less than 10% of selling price?
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Material & Caution
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