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Dai-no-tsuchi Tea Bowl, Daido-Kohiki Style

Craft Artist
Masahiro Sakakura
Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Φ150 × H80 mm

The original scenery of Hagi

Kohiki is often referred to as “whiteware.” Uniquely, this “Dai-no-tsuchi Tea Bowl” by Masahiro Sakakura is characterized by a slightly yellowish hue. Its warm texture and shape, comfortable in the hand, give it a gentle charm.

The white slip (a liquid clay mixture) used to decorate for the bowl is Daido-tsuchi, which has been used for generations in the Sakakura Shinbei Kiln, and the black clay for the body was collected by the artist himself in the mountains of his hometown. These materials, unique to the region, are one of the elements that produce the harmonious and gentle character that has long defined Hagi ware. The black clay is visible here and there through a glazing technique called nama-gake, in which white slip is applied to an unfired base, resulting in a very profoundly interesting appearance. This work is filled with Masahiro’s obsessive dedication to capturing the expression of the clay itself, and is full of many interesting features.

The beauty of this work is sure to be appreciated at a tea ceremony, enhancing the color of the Matcha green tea.