Bring a bit of the quiet calm of a Japanese tea ceremony to one's home with this sangiri tea bowl by artist Bifu Kimura. A chawan must be the perfect balance of function and art. Each detail of its creation is considered with painstaking detail, from heft of the bowl to the rim of the lip. The most prized chawans shine true with the soul of the artist.
The making of...
With the sangiri (桟切り) technique, pieces placed on the outer edges of the kiln are buried in the ash. The surfaces covered by the charcoal are not exposed to the flame; the reaction of the iron in the clay to the carbon of the embers produces a distinctive bluish gray, dark grey, gray-black, or brownish black color.
About Bifu Kimura
Bifu Kimura is a 9th generation Bizen potter in Inbe, Japan. His work balances dynamic, clean shapes with the rough textures of the Bizen firing process. Today he leads Studio Kibido with his daughter Mizuho Kimura and her husband, Yosuke.