Asahiyaki Tea Bowl (Rice Straw Ash)


A wood fired tea bowl for whisking matcha, made by Asahiyaki, a 16th generation kiln in Uji near Kyoto.

The glaze of this bowl is made using rice straw ash and translates as ‘moon white’. It is actually an incandescent blue with areas of violet or white on the inside and outside of the bowl.  The turning marks of the bowl can be seen in concentric circles around the body, while the shape of the bowl is pinched in slightly at the top before flaring out again. The bottom of the bowl is unglazed and the glaze stops around 1cm above the foot where it has been dipped.

This, along with its sister bowls, is an excellent starter bowl for anyone who makes, or wants to start making, matcha regularly. It is suitable for making both usucha (thin tea) and koicha (thick tea).

Dimensions: 12cm (diameter) x 6.5cm (height)

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