Monday, December 14, 2015


Chawan, aka Japanese tea bowls are mainly used in Japanese tea brewing of green matcha tea.  The sides of the bowls are more upright, which helps keep the tea from spilling out of the bowl while the tea is being 'stirred' with a tea whisk.  

The Japanese chawan you see in the above pix are from my own collection.  The 1st 2 bowls are made by Eichi Kato, who is known for his more artistic interpretation of his chawans.  Height of these bowls are about 3.5 inches (8.8cm) in height and 4.5 inches (11.5cm) in diameter.    The last bowl is made by Kunio Uchida, a blue ribbon award winner for his contribution to Japanese pottery.  The bowl measures 2.8inches (7cm) in height and has a diameter of 4.9 inches (12.4cm).  These 3 bowls appear unused.

I am fascinated by Japanese chawan.  Holding them and examining the details on the bowls is like going for an adventure.  

Nuff said.  Let the pictures do all the talking.

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