I've been following the Hagi topic in general and this thread in particular for quite some time now and the Hagi sirens have never stopped calling on me.
And after looking out, I just fell in love with this one and its laid-back, natural touch. So, today was the big day - my high quality Japanese tea bowl arrived - made by Deishi and delivered by Magokorodo.
My roommates were mildly interested, and after hearing about the price, they were quite - uh -
But I'm sure most of the readers of this topic have been there
And I adore it - I've been looking at pictures for quite some time now but of course it's a whole different story actually holding one of these in your hands. It's really fascinating how different this low-fired, coarse sand feels! Most of all, its seems incredibly fragile! A tiny amount of pressure, and I can feel how its warping and hear how its crackling... totally different from sturdy porcelain, or is this just my impression? It also leaks, as it is supposed to
, but not so much.
Ironically I'm not sure whether I will be able to use it for Matcha as I intended - there is no even space at the bottom, its more curved than I expected and I won't be able to move the whisk in a horizontal direction. I suppose its just a matter of technique, do you think that its possible to prepare decent Matcha in such a bowl anyhow? Hopefully not
Seriously, if not, no big problem since I got that shape because I also wanted to use it for 'bowl tea' (infusing leaves directly in the bowl) and for this the walls shouldn't be completely upright so that the tea can cool down more quickly at the edges.
Well, enough said, before you fall asleep, here are the pictures! Sorry that theres so much out of focus, I may have overdone it a little with the prime lens