Creme Kohiki 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. This smooth, classic piece is bathed in a translucent cream glaze that pairs well with our Kohiki Teapot.
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.
Dimensions: Height: 3" Diameter: 4.7"
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 dish washer, 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.
Higonokami Folding Knife
This cult classic pocket knife has been produced in Japan since 1904. Made from carbon steel for strength, the Higonokami pocket knife features a hand-forged blade that folds into the base, and a small latch to reopen it safely. The Japanese characters for Higonokami are engraved on the metallic base, letting you carry a little piece of Japanese history with you wherever you go.
The mini Higonokami knife also features a small hole on the latch to loop through your keyring. The small blade is perfect for opening letters or parcels.
About Higonokami Knives
In the 19th century, a blacksmith in Kyushu is said to have added a simple lever to a basic pocket knife to help open and close the blade more easily. The knife proved to be successful and a guild was formed to oversee the manufacturing of the knife. Only those belonging to the guild could manufacture the knife and use the respected name of Higo No Kami. The term "Higo no Kami" means "Lord of Higo" in Japanese, in honor of the Lord of Kyushu. Today, each higonokami knife is still handmade by the last remaining maker in the guild, Nagao Seisakusho.
Materials: Nickel, carbon steel
Dimensions: 3 ¾” (closed)
Care: After use, wipe away any stains with a cloth and camellia oil or other anti-rust oils. Store in a place free from moisture.
Turtle Incense Holder
With its significant heft, this cast iron turtle incense holder brings a sturdy, charming accent to any surface. Seven hexagonal holes decorate the top of its removable shell. Inside you'll find a small ceramic ring to keep incense in place.
Nambu Tekki is a traditional Japanese iron casting technique that dates back to the early 17th century in Northern Japan, an area rich in iron.
Materials: cast iron
Dimensions: Height: 2" Diameter: 4:
Nakasono Mug - Two Tone
When coffee is the first thing you reach for in the morning, a cheerful mug does wonders for the spirit. Named after its maker, the Nakasono Mug features Yoshimitsu Nakasono’s signature (food-safe) silver glaze and colorful hand-painted designs. With a matte texture and a gently curved handle, these whimsical cups brighten up your morning routine.
Please note: because of the handmade nature of Nakasono pieces, some pieces may experience slight variations in glaze and colors. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
About Yoshimitsu Nakasono
Yoshimitsu Nakasono is a ceramic artist based in Tajimi, the birthplace of Mino ware ceramics. Unlike traditional ceramic artists, Nakasono uses bright pop elements and handmade forms to bring color and humor into modern ceramics. His signature chrome silver (food safe) glaze lines each of his pieces, achieving a metallic effect that feels as special as wearing your favorite clothes.
Materials: Clay, Silver Glaze (food-safe)
Dimensions: Height: 3" Diameter: 2 3/4" Handle: 1 ½”
Care: Hand wash with soap and water. After washing, wipe water immediately and air dry. Polish the silver inside with a polish or baking soda solution regularly to prevent oxidation. Not microwave or dishwasher safe.
The handmade Drip Cup showcases two important parts of the making process: craftsmanship and spontaneity. Each piece is fired with a homemade “kiln glaze” that changes color in the kiln so that not even the maker knows what the piece will look like until it is finished. The effect reveals a runny effect dripping down from its edges, simulating a cup overflowing with generosity. At once colorful and serene, this artful cup is the perfect partner for slow mornings with a cup of tea or afternoon visits with friends.
Because Sakuzan pieces are made to order, the may exhibit some discrepancies in glazing. The glaze features miniscule cracks: this is intentional and an integral part of the ceramic minou yaki aesthetic tradition.
Nestled in a small workshop in the mountain village of Toki, Sakuzan is a ceramic studio that consistently pushes the envelope of mino ware ceramic tradition. Every detail that defines Sakuzan tableware is designed to complement the food that will be served on it. From adjusting the rim of a cup to facilitate drinking to choosing a glaze that complements the type of food served, each piece is crafted with the user in mind. To hold each piece is to witness its formative dignity; to use it is to understand its functional beauty.
Dimensions: Diameter: 3 1/2" Height: 2 1/2"
Care: Handwash with a gentle detergent and dry immediately. Microwave and oven safe. Not stovetop or dishwasher safe.