Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)


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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby tenuki » Sep 4th, '09, 18:05

Smells_Familiar wrote:could you post a photo of the koudai?


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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby chamekke » Sep 4th, '09, 19:18

I was tempted to post a photo of Lt. Uhura's foot, but couldn't find one :wink:
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Chip » Sep 4th, '09, 20:08

chamekke wrote:I was tempted to post a photo of Lt. Uhura's foot, but couldn't find one :wink:

Perhaps Cory does! :lol:

Great Chawan Seeker and Carl.
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Intuit » Sep 4th, '09, 22:20

Nichelle Nichols (showing feet....err..... kodai)

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Great matcha cup.

(I swear some of the chunkier chawan pictured here look vaguely Kligon)
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Chip » Sep 4th, '09, 22:34

Intuit wrote:Nichelle Nichols (showing feet....err..... kodai)
(I swear some of the chunkier chawan pictured here look vaguely Kligon)

Yeah, I have a few Klingon ones and some LOTR Orc ones. Both species specific Matcha-s are labeled, "if it doesn't kill ya, it will make you stronger." (The Klingon also claims, "It is a good day to die! argggg")
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Intuit » Sep 5th, '09, 17:20

Okey dokey. After many months of reading, study and searching for a high-quality matcha vessel, I settled on two outstanding examples of teaware art, offered by Dr. Coffee.

Shino and Tenmoku Chawan, listed on Etsy June 24 09:
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and

Active Tenmoku and Nuka stoneware teabowl, listed on June 13, 2009:
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As a history buff and student of the 19th c Arts and Crafts design movement, I follow it's credo: own only that which is both functional and beautiful.

These chawan are subtle, elegant and deceiving in their simplicity, for they are visually complex layered designs.

The shino chawan reminds one, in coloration and pattern motif, of a slightly faded ancient villa tile floor. It might sit comfortably in a museum display of such objects and you wouldn't blink at it's inclusion because it carries an air of antiquity.

The second has a distinctly modern, organic feel in the vertical glaze ('active drip', evidenced by the glaze that crawled onto the kiln surface as shown in the upper photo) elements and dramatic contrast of colors. Horizontal color band frames the lip, but unlike the careful repeating structure of the shino body, the tenmoku vertical colors flow gracefully downwards, reinforcing the body curve terminating at the foot, with repeat v-shape pattern of trees or flowers. The organic contrast color motif is repeated on the inner surface, suggestive of a flower or seed pod.

These are aesthetically pleasing, functional works of tea art.

William Morris would have approved.
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Chip » Sep 5th, '09, 17:23

HA! I have 2 on reserve, but told Shyrabbit I really liked these 2 as well and almost bought them as well. He who hesitates is lost.

They are both awesome, love them, enjoy for many years, Intuit.
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Intuit » Sep 5th, '09, 17:42

When I first saw these two pieces, they stood out, head and shoulders above the others offered in their exceptional beauty, skill in execution, and timeless feel. They are yin and yang; equally appealing. I said as much to Dr. Coffee, that it was quite difficult to choose between them.

He did nothing to dissuade me from considering a third alternative, to buy both. :mrgreen:
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Dreamer » Sep 6th, '09, 01:44

These bowls are awesome, Intuit. The 2nd one, particularly was haunting my dreams for the past couple of nights...I am glad to someone I "know" got it! He's got several that remind me of the first one...that shape is so inviting and the glaze seems to speak of days long passed.

With such bowls, you'll be wanting matcha often because the bowls will call to you...ahh, sweet captivation.

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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Seeker » Sep 6th, '09, 01:47

Congrats Intuit!

I pondered that first one repeatedly, gazing, wondering.

Nice acquisition.

May it serve you well, may it become a good friend.
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Victoria » Sep 6th, '09, 11:17

Congrats! I actually had that green one in my cart at one time.
I am happy you got it, they both are stunning pieces!
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby geeber1 » Sep 6th, '09, 12:36

Nice, Intuit!
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby amorphiss » Sep 6th, '09, 13:51

New anagama-fired chawan from burntnormal on Etsy. Wow there is a lot of ash build up on that! I really like this one:

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I also picked up a shyrabbit chawan that just came yesterday and I really love it. Well post pics soon of that also.
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Seeker » Sep 6th, '09, 14:15

Nice one Amorph.
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Re: Share a photograph of your favorite matcha chawan (teabowl)

Postby Victoria » Sep 6th, '09, 16:48

Very nice! I have a bowl from burntnormal I like it very much.
Very "crafted with love" kind of homemade feel.
Congrats!
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