Exhibition quality, wood-fired, unglazed Nanban Chawan with an exquisite, bright red scorch mark. The shape and details from the lip, round of the body, foot, and the special place where matcha rests (chadame) are of absolute mastery on the wheel. You will get only a single chawan from a firing of the kiln that will look like this!
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 them for their symbolic meaning. The Shoukyaku will understand what flowers, food, motifs, incense, etc are to be used for this very special occasion and the main bowl used in the ceremony is of utmost significance. This Karatsu Nanban Chawan 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.
Our first visit to Taki's kiln was in 2016 and his collection of cups were displayed in our old retail store in Williamsburg. It brings back many happy memories and we are excited to introduce this amazing artist and his works to all of our new tea friends.
Made in Karatsu, Japan (Saga)
Signed wooden box. Please review the approximate sizing and capacity information below.