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Akaraku Makugusuri Shōraku

Matcha tea bowl from Sasaki Shōraku III

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Matcha tea bowl from Sasaki Shōraku III

Maku-Gusuri (the glazed curtain-like appearance) of a Aka Raku chawan (a red Raku tea bowl) is called so because the melting glaze looks like a curtain (maku) after glazing the top of a tea bowl.

First red glaze is applied to a tea bow. Afterwards more glaze is put on it and the bowl is placed into a kiln by a craftsman. This is when his skill is tested. The conditions in the kiln always need checking because if the second coat of glaze run down to the bottom, the glaze curtain doesn't appear, or if the tea bowl is taken out from the kiln too early, the curtain can't be created. The craftsman must take it out from the kiln at the perfect timing, so the curtain pattern appears.
Each Aka Raku chawan which is produced by this process has an entirely different feeling.

The glaze is not applied to the bottom of a tea bowl, so it presents the surface of the clay. The middle part of a tea bowl is slightly curved, so it is easy to hold.
This tea bowl comes with a wooden box to store in. When shipping, it is placed in a paper box for safety reasons. The wooden box will be accompanied with it.

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Origin: Kyoto, Japan

Material: clay

Dimensions: Φ 12 cm, H: 8 cm

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Handling precautions

Raku Chawan

Initiation:
Before the first use of a Raku chawan, dip it in lukewarm water with a few grains of hard rice. The rice powder in the water helps seal the pores of the Rakuchawan, strengthens the walls and makes it less fragile.

Cleaning:
To clean, dip the tea bowl in lukewarm water: a new bowl for one or two minutes; an older one for about 30 seconds to keep it clean, keep it from being covered with stains and to prevent damage. Do not let it sit in water, for the tea bowl will fall apart!

Storage:
When not in use, dry the tea bowl with towel. Afterward – especially during wet season – put it in an airy place and keep it dry. Otherwise, the tea bowl could be damaged and/or develop a damp smell. If the smell clings to the bowl, make tea with it every day. The smell is usually gone in a week. If not, contact us or the producers of the tea bowl for advice.

Useage:
Raku Chawan is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, characterized by being porous, which allows the carbon dioxide to pass through a small hole. Hot water, therefore, might ooze through the tea bowl. This bowl is also vulnerable to acid, so it is not advisable to put acid foods in it. Raku Chawan is not to be used as dishware!
Thanks to the small pores and structure of Raku Chawan, over time small, and in rare cases bigger fractures might appear on the bowl. This can be prevented by correct initiation, but is still natural to happen.

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