Exhibition quality, wood-fired, thin slipped Ido "water well shape" Karatsu bowl with a dual orange/pink tone perfect for contrasting with the deep color of our matcha. The shape and details from the lip, angle of the body, foot, and the special place where matcha rests (chadame) are of absolute mastery on the wheel. The five dots on the inside of the bowl are caused from multiple bowls being stacked together during firing and leaving this wonderful traditional marking. The largest-sized bowl in our collection and extremely light despite the size!
When you prepare for a Chaji (tea ceremony gathering) one of the hardest tasks is finding a tea bowl that is special enough for the first guest to be used and truly appreciated. In the tea ceremony, there are seat assignments for each guest and a lot of responsibility falls on the first guest (Shoukyaku) and the last guest (Tsume). The Tsume, is the most familiar with the host's venue and serves as a helper through the ceremony. The Shoukyaku has the most important role as his experience and appreciation for all things tea will heighten the experience through his conversation with the host and his choice of topics. It will allow the less experienced guests to uncover some of the seemingly random things the host has prepared and truly appreciate their hidden symbolism. The Shoukyaku will understand which flowers, food, motifs, incense, etc are to be used for this special occasion and the main bowl used in the ceremony is of utmost significance. This Ido Karatsu is a bowl that can satisfy that level of teaware not only because of the provenance of the artist but also the incredible details that are waiting to be discovered by the experienced Shoukyaku.
Taki began studying under his father, the legendary Takashi Nakazato, at the age of 23 and has honed his skills to become an incredible artist at the wheel. We have always been enamored by Taki Nakazato's ceramics and their sense of balance, detail, and size. The feel in the hand is extraordinary, light and delicate despite the strong character of each piece. The perfect silhouette reveals a refinement that three decades of ceramic experience can achieve.
Made in Karatsu, Japan (Saga)
Signed wooden box. Please review the sizing and capacity information below before purchase.