The World on a tea bowl  "A miniature universe"

These days, the idea of "mindfulness" is praised, but it is nothing new. It is nothing more than remaining in the present, the mantra of both Zen and Daoist ideals, and the concept reflected in the art and crafts of the traditional tea ceremony. The traditional path leading to the tea house is called roji, dewey ground, and comes from a Buddhist sutra which states, "There is no peace in the three worlds; they are like a house in flames," but upon enlightenment, one "emerges from the house in flames and sits on the dewey ground." Thus, the ceremony of tea is a spiritual one, which can lead practitioners to worldly understandings.

The tea house has a small door, so small that guests have to crawl inside, thus accentuating the feeling of separation from the petty thoughts and mundane considerations of the outside world. Inside, the small tea room is bare, with nothing more than a flower vase and a hanging scroll. Referred to as the abode of the unsymmetrical, it may look imperfect, but an appreciation of its beauty allows one to live in the present, to cast away the smaller self and understand the transcendent unity of all people and all things.

The acclaimed tea master Sen no Rikyu wrote:

House and dewy ground.

Guest and host both joined as one,

Share a cup of tea.

In tranquil meditation,

No margin divides their hearts.

Among the prized objects used in the tea ceremony, none is more valued than the tea bowl, and it is said that each bowl is a miniature universe. With countless styles and refined aesthetics, all who strive to understand its beauty will find works that speak to them. Besides the sky-blue and jade-green incised Chinese bowls, the beloved red and black Japanese raku ware, and the prized Korean ido and irabo pieces, there are many other beautiful styles, such as unglazed Bizen pieces, colored by ashen deposits, and partly-glazed Shigaraki works, which highlight the natural beauty of the rough clay hidden under smooth glaze. Hagi potters often leave patches of bare clay between the thick, white glaze that covers each piece. The bare clay suggests desert sands and sometimes contains small pebbles, boulders in the miniature landscape, which are covered by a snowy white glaze that hides all imperfections and echoes the impermanence of all things. See the miniature world in each tea bowl. Their beauty facilitates mindfulness and a refined awareness of details, and will lead beholders to harmonize with their surroundings.

Dr. Ken Jeremiah  

Introduction written exclusively for Onihagi.com by Ken Jeremiah. He has written extensively about history, religion, and critical thinking. His books and articles are available worldwide. 

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Manuele  真入得 瑠  "Get into the truth and acquire jewels" . 

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This space want contains weekly handy tips & tools on request & cool stuff i find in Japan or what I'm doing in my own business  traveling around the Globe. I'm averse to spam, as I'm sure you are, so i aim to make it very useful, stay in touch here so you don't miss out! If you like to drink Tea, Coffee or Sake into a guinomi, mug, tea or an unique bowl, this space will grow weekly and I'll keep adding Tea Ceremony ware as i'm learning something more everyday !  With time i became familiar with Hagi Ware, a pottery style that as changed as i do frequently when its about Art. In Hagi City they have long ranked the most precious ceramic wares in the world made for the tea ceremony. I use to call : The charms of Hagi ware's rough clay & rich pockmarked surfaces, laced with diamond cracks in the glaze.

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.''One, Raku; two, Hagi; three, Karatsu.''  

Hidden Jewels (Nobori-Gama Treasures)

I have passion for Hagi Ware, but it capture my attention Japanese pottery traditionally from Bizen province, and like shiga is fired for a long period in the kiln without glaze, creating subtle gradations in a distinctive seasoned color. Bizen City clay is dug up from rice fields and this iron rich clay is what gives most its dark colors, though, a few potters prefer to use lighter mountain clay. After being processed and shaped by the potter, the wares are fired in a NOBORI-GAMA (climbing kiln).  


Hagi Ware (萩焼, Hagi - Yaki )

This is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its humble forms and use of translucent glaze. It originated in 1604, when Japanese samurai lord Terumoto Mori funded a Kiln to make ceramic ware in his castle in terms to provide the utensils necessary for tea ceremony, which he was very interested in. The original Hagi ware resembled famous Korean white ware bowls. However, the style has changed to reflect Japanese aesthetic taste over the years.

 Potters mix local clay that is not refined, and as a result, many small cracks may appear in the ware after being fired. The piece is then decorated with translucent glaze, which gives it a wet appearance. Regular use also adds a natural color of tealeaves to the ware, and the teacup begins maturing and revealing its own unique color. This is called the "Seven transformations of Hagi".

Demon Oni-Hagi Bowl 山根清玩 Seigan Yamane  

Bizen Ware (備前焼,Bizen-yaki)

The Art of "not knowing" Burning Passion.

Bizen has a history of more than 1,000 years, which makes it one of the oldest pottery making techniques in Japan. From Okayama prefecture, it is made using either a mixture of two kinds of rough clays with different densities that has a rich deep reddish brown color because of its high iron content. On a climbed kiln pine wood is used as fuel. It contains resin, which creates high temperature, as discharges too much smoke to be used for fireplaces is ideal for kilns. Some artists like challenge temperature at 600 degrees Celsius, and others keep it more than 1,200 degrees. The placement of pottery inside a kiln changes the conditions in which it is fired, resulting in various different outcomes. Nobody can predict how each piece of pottery will turn out! 

 

Shigaraki Ware (信楽焼) 

The pottery and stoneware made in one of the Six Ancient Kilns in Japan. Shigaraki (Shiga Prefecture) Is High-fired unglazed ware famous for its ash deposits and distinctive forms. Originated around 12th century, spreading outward from Tokoname and Atsumi. Shigaraki pottery is thought to have begun in the waning years of the Kamakura period (1192-1333).

This image detail had been taken from Rakusai V  

 

Shino Ware ( Shino-yaki, 志野焼 )

Shino ware is Japanese pottery, usually stoneware, originally from Mino Province, in present-day Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It emerged in the 16th century, but is now widespread, including use abroad. It is identified by thick white glazes, red scorch marks, and a texture of small holes. The origin of the term "Shino" is uncertain. It may be derived from "shiro", the Japanese word for "white". Or it may refer to the tea master Shino Soshin (1444-1523).

Demon Oni-Shino Bowl 月形那比古 Tsukigata Nahiko the "Oriental Picasso"