These shelf-worthy scoops from Yokohama-based artist Wakako Mochizuki are a delightful way to spoon out tea, sugar or jams, just don’t expect a precise measurement (like the rest of the scoop, the volume is unique).
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About Wakako Mochizuki
Every day Wakako Mochizuki creates whimsical earrings, accessories, and objects in her Yokohama studio. Specializing in thin decorative brass, she hammers and welds rigid metals into one-of-a-kind items that are ready for you to imbue with your favorite memories.
Dimensions: Varies: Approximately 3.5” L x .1.5” W
Care: Please note that due to the nature of brass, this product’s color will oxidize and develop a rich patina with the passage of time. You may carefully polish with your favorite brass polishing method. Please be careful not to bend this delicate piece.
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"
Bamboo Matcha Whisk, Masuho
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 matcha. The unsplit part of the bamboo forms the whisk handle, a reminder of the past life of this artful tool. Every part of the making 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.
The Masuho Matcha Whisk has a curved bell shape that is ideal for preparing both usucha (light, or “thin” matcha) and koicha (strong, or “thick” matcha that is shared between several guests). Crafted by hand, the Masuho Matcha Whisk is designed for use by the Urasenke tea school.
Dimensions: Length: 5", Width: 2 1/2"
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.
Ceramic Skyline Mug
The handmade Skyline Mug from artist Yukiko Ohnakahara is the perfect vessel for enjoying a beverage while pensively gazing out of a window. Inspired by the flickering city lights of Tokyo, it features a hefty handle and is perfectly sized for all of your coziest drinks.
About Yukiko Ohnakahara
Yukiko Ohnakahara is a Japanese multimedia artist who has held solo and group exhibitions throughout Tokyo. In 2011 she opened her own store in Yanaka, Tokyo, making handmade wares like our bird mobile and handmade potholder. Her work plays on the craft aesthetic, using recycled materials and imperfect details to enhance the unique quality of each piece.
Dimensions: 3.7" Height, 3.5" Diameter, 400ml
Materials: Clay; Glaze
Dougami Choko Cup, B
The Choko series from artist Sumiko Dougami features geometric shapes on an understated cream glaze. The cylindrical shape makes it ideal as an heirloom-quality sake drinking “choko” cup, but we also like it for delicious sips of hot tea.
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: 2.25” Height, 3” Diameter
Care: Hand wash and dry