This white porcelain tea container was created by a Japanese ceramic artist, Shoh Araya. Araya’s new work was made with carved line patterns. We think that the fine craquelure on the surface is tasteful particularly in the lower part of the tea container, where the glazes drop and the fine craquelure reflects light.
A tea container is used to hold powdered green tea, or matcha, which is used in the Japanese tea ceremony (Chanoyu), which was established in the 16th century. Ceramic containers are used when people make strong (thick) matcha. (Tea containers made of a lacquered wood are used for making weak (thin) matcha.) Tea containers are necessary items today for people who practice Chanoyu.
Diameter: 70 mm / 2.8 inches
Height: 103 mm / 4.1 inches
Weight: 193 g / 6.8 oz
Born in 1988, Shoh Araya graduated from Tsukuba University’s School of Arts and Design in 2013. He then earned a master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts with a focus on ceramics. He worked for Myofukuji Temple’s Kogure Kiln from 2013 to 2017. He became independent and started his kiln in Kanazawa in 2017. Kanazawa is located in the middle of Japan and is one of the key areas of ceramic art traditionally.
Araya has held solo exhibitions at art galleries, such as the Gallery Tosei in Osaka in 2014, Yamani Otsuka in Tochigi in 2014, and Gallery Saika in Ibaraki in 2015. He participated in the Kogei Art Fair of Kanazawa in 2017.
He has held group exhibitions regularly. Those include the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, Torindo in the Aoyama area of Tokyo, Sokyo in Kyoto, and Yamanoue Gallery in Kanazawa.
Araya specializes in making porcelain using natural plant ash glazes. His process of making a porcelain tea container is as follows: make a tea container on a potter’s wheel, carve the surface with line patterns, glaze it with plant ash glazes, and fire it at about 1,250 degrees Celsius.
Araya aims to make modern porcelain using traditional Japanese ash glazes. He tries to create porcelain which has simple and natural taste. His works were collected and exhibited by several Japanese corporations. He is considered to be one of Japan’s most promising, emerging contemporary ceramic artists.
A box which contains this tea container with Araya’s signature will be sent to you.