Shinro Yamamoto: Matcha Bowl with Handle

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Shinro Yamamoto

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The perfect depth and width for whisking matcha, but with a convenient handle, Yamamoto-san and Yunomi present a modern style to drinking Japan's traditional matcha. Yamamoto-san's matcha bowl is made with a dark-colored clay, and dipped in white colored mud halfway on one side and halfway on the otherside to create the effect of white on black with a dividing stripe in the middle.

 

Aging

Ceramic pieces like this one are porous and absorb water when wet, creating spots (see photo). As they dry and the absorbed water evaporates, the spots will disappear.

This also means that you have the opportunity to age these bowls, creating patterns become more that reveal your life. 

SEASONING: To prevent absorption, you can use water from partially boiled rice. This technique is often used in "seasoning" ceramic pots used for cooking, and involves boiling rice in the ceramic pot for an extended time to allow the starch to fill in the microscopic pores in the clay.

While direct heat should not be applied to the bowl, taking boiled rice porridge and allowing it to sit in the bowl for an hour should help to prevent absorption.

 

Product Info

  • Diameter: About 13 cm (5.1 in), handle extends by about 2 cm to make length 15 cm (5.9 in)
  • Height: About 7 cm (2.8 in)
  • Volume: 360 ml (12.2 fl oz) when filled near to the rim
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Note that because these bowls are handmade, there will be variations in color & size. 

 

Product Care & Maintenance

  • Do not use in microwave.
  • Do not apply direct heat (heating over a stove).
  • Do not apply hot liquid to a bowl that has been cooled (in the refrigerator for example).
  • Do not use in dishwasher. Hand wash with mild soap and dry with soft cloth.

 

About the Aritst

Ceramics artist Shinro Yamamoto fell in love with the lifestyle of creating beauty by hand and apprenticed with an artist in the mountains of Western Kanagawa before striking out as an independent artist in the early 2000s. Five years ago he established the Yagurazawa Ceramics Studio in Minami-Ashigara City, Kanagawa, and has made a name for himself with his beautiful porcelain marble pieces which blend white, black and occasionally blue and pink colored porcelain.

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