Authentic Kintsugi Matcha bowl, White birch Nunobiki ware
As this Kintsugi piece is one-of-a kind, we can offer only until it has sold.
<About Kintsugi Part>
After carefully joining the broken pieces using urushi (Japanese natural lacquer), finishing with the 24-karat gold powder by sprinkling to decorate the joined parts. In order to enhance the shape of the traditional Matcha bowl with the Kintsugi, the vessel is carefully polished with polishing powder putting on the fingers at last.
<About the Original Vessel>
1000 to 1200 years ago, from the Hakuho Period to the Heian period, around the Nunobiki Mountains in Shiga prefecture, unglazed pottery and green colored pottery was fired. The green colored glaze, made in imitation of Tang Dynasty pottery of ancient China is beautiful pottery. The pottery producing region on the east shore of Lake Biwa (next to Kyoto) prospered, but then pottery production ceased for over 1000 years.
In the 1970s, while groping for a new world of pottery, young ceramic artist Taro Kojima became enchanted with this green colored pottery and struggled to create a modern version of it. He developed a process for it, and developed a technique for creating a deep, transparent feeling using varied colors that transform in the kiln to create pictures.
The pottery was given the name Nanasai Tenmoku, and it had abundant colors that could express natural scenes such as plants and scenery in pictures that were ground breaking. Nunobiki ware opened up a world of new picture skills with the Nanasai Tenmoku technique.
Although this valuable Nunobiki ware has been broken by the earthquake, in order to avoid wasting the diligent efforts their craftsmen put into handmade piece, we decided to revive them as new Kintsugi pieces..
<Thoughts Behind the Piece>
This Matcha bowl is inspired by a lake and a tree by the lakeside. At first glance, it appears as if the branches and the Kintsugi line are like one piece, but we dared to apply Kintsugi like leaving the original natural scene. On the other side and inside of the vessel, on the contrary, we made the contrast of blue and gold stand out. Hope you will enjoy your tea time while imagining the nature of the lake.
Why don't you spend a mindful time with one-of-a-kind Kintsugi pottery?
May you feel the beauty of the imperfection of Kintsugi.
All materials we use are natural and do not have any risks of toxicity.
The piece comes with a paulownia box, including care advises and a certificate of origin and quality.
||Ø120 H85mm / 280ml|
Kintsugi portion: the 24k gold, natural Japanese lacquer
|Production Days||2 months|
||Nobuyasu Suginaka, Shiga JAPAN|
Production area of vessel
||Yokaichi city, Shiga JAPAN|
As a general rule, our delivery area is only available in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. If you are not from one of these countries and wish to purchase our product, please send us a message in English using the INQUIRY FORM. Thank you.
How to care for Kintsugi Piece
- After use, wash the pieces using a soft sponge and food-safe detergent.
- Rinse them in lukewarm or cool water and completely dry them using a soft dish cloth.
- Do not soak them in hot or cold water for long periods of time. This may cause the urushi or maki-e lacquer to peel or fracture.
- The urushi (Japanese lacquer) may break or the maki-e lacquer decoration may peel off if the piece is dropped or if it collides with other hard objects. Please handle these pieces carefully.
- Do not place these pieces in the microwave or dishwasher.
Taxes & Duties - Please Note:
Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price. These charges associated with buying goods from abroad are the responsibility of the customer. You might therefore still be billed for these fees and handling at the customs clearance. For more information, please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to your purchase. We sincerely appreciate your kind understanding.
Our Kintsugi pieces are created with only renewable and natural materials including Japanse natural lacquer.
Broken Vessels for Kintsugi
Never breaking new vessels on purpose, collecting broken ceramics from collaborators such as kilns or wholesaler across Japan.
Packing each Kintsugi piece with the box made of Paulownia, which grows quickly and has a low environmental impact.
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Our Kintsugi quality
Certificate of origin & quality
We enclose a certificate to guarantee the quality of our Kintsugi piece.
Please purchase with confidence.
As a general rule, we do not allow purchases for the purpose of resale.
What people say
The kintsugi repair by Mr. Suginaka really looks like it belongs in a museum or art exhibition!
From Utah, USA
It is truly a beautiful piece.
My son, who I gave this Kintsugi, absolutely loved it.!
From Washington, USA
Extremely pleased with your Kintsugi piece! We were particularly impressed with how quickly it arrived and how beautifully it was presented.