Dougami Tebineri Cup, A
These small whimsical cups by artist Sumiko Dougami are hand-formed and painted with freestyle motifs of lines and dashes. Tebineri is a style of Japanese ceramic making that uses only the artists' fingers. This style creates rustic forms that showcase the hand of the maker.
Dissatisfied with the cold impression that porcelain can often leave, artist Sumiko Dougami focuses her efforts on hand-formed and organic pieces that showcase the spirit of the artist. A graduate from the Aichi Prefectural Seto Pottery School, she embellishes her work with freehand motifs and contemporary shapes painted on with “gosu pigment”.
Dimensions: Varies, but approximately: 2.5” Height, 4.75” Diameter
Care: Hand wash and dry
Akiyama Matcha Bowl
As tea-making has become an art form over the centuries, so have matcha bowls themselves become works of art. The organic, undulating shape of traditional matcha bowls is designed to create the smooth, frothy consistency beloved by tea enthusiasts. Because of its essential role in the Japanese tea ceremony, a tea bowl is traditionally considered one of the most graceful and treasured items in your home. A jade-green crackled glaze coats the smooth surface of this piece, pooling into the bottom like a sip of leftover matcha.
How to Use:
To prepare matcha, pour boiling water into the tea bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add ceremonial-grade matcha using a bamboo ladle. Using a chasen (bamboo whisk), whisk vigorously in an “M” shape until the matcha reaches a creamy froth. Sip directly from bowl.
For best results, use ceremonial-grade matcha, a bamboo ladle, and 80 or 100-tip chansen.
Care: Owning a matcha bowl requires thoughtful handling and careful use. Because of their handmade quality, these bowls are not suitable for the microwave or dishwasher, and should be rinsed and dried immediately after use. Be careful not to introduce water that is too hot, as that may encourage glaze cracking.
Dimensions: Height: 3.1" Diameter: 5.3"
Albata Tea Spoon
A charming little spoon for stirring your tea or coffee. Hand-hammered from brass and albata, this little treasure ages gracefully into a rich patina with wear.
About Miho Nishikawa
Miho Nishikawa is an award-winning metalworks artist who works with silver, brass and albata to create beautifully detailed but rustic accessories. Nishikawa is trained and currently works in Kanazawa, which is an UNESCO-appointed city of Crafts and Folk Art in Japan for its tradition of metalwork artistry.
Materials: albata, brass
Dimensions: Length: 5¼" Diameter: ¾"
Care: Polish with an acidic substance.
Bamboo Matcha Scoop
Also known as a chashaku, the Bamboo Matcha Scoop is used to scoop out desired portions of powdered matcha. Along with a bamboo matcha whisk and ceramic matcha bowl, this bamboo scoop is traditionally used in the tea ceremony to prepare a delicious cup of restorative matcha. It is made from one strip of bamboo and designed with a rounded tip to easily adjust and measure the desired amount of powdered tea for preparation. Whether you drink matcha every day or enjoy it on special occasions, this traditional scoop is an essential for tea masters and budding enthusiasts alike.
Dimensions: Length: 7¼" Width: ½"
Care: Hand-wash gently with no soaps or detergents, and dry immediately. Store in a dry, cool place.
Bamboo Matcha Whisk, Long
The bamboo matcha whisk, also known as chasen, is traditionally used to prepare matcha tea in the Japanese tea ceremony. It is made by taking a piece of Henon bamboo and splitting its upper base by hand into extra-fine rods. Those rods are then shaved into thin tines that produce the frothy consistency of matcha. The unsplit part of the bamboo forms the whisk handle, a reminder of the past life of this artful tool.
This long style is made from a beautiful shoot of black bamboo for a vintage sensibility. The elongated handle offers a steady grip for everyday use, and every part of the manufacturing process is done by hand with careful precision and focus. The thoughtful nature of its craftsmanship ensures the highest quality drinking matcha, making the chasen an essential utensil for tea connoisseurs and budding masters alike.
Dimensions: Length: 5 1/2" Width: 1 3/4"
Care: Hand-wash only with no soap or detergents, and dry immediately after each use. When making matcha, be careful not to use too much force and scrape the bottom of the cup with the tips- because this will cause them to bend or break. Since bamboo is a natural material, minor fraying of strands may occur over time- prolong the lifespan of its tines by storing it on a ceramic whisk stand.