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Tea Bowl Series: 刷毛目唐津 - Hakeme Karatsu-yaki

Hakeme Hira-Chawan

I like this brushed slip tea bowl with its unusual shape. Even if it is challenging to whisk the Matcha frothy.

It is an excellent tea bowl for tea ceremonies in summer. Due to the flat shape the Matcha green tea cools down much faster, which makes a perfect summer tea - refreshing and internally cooling.



Brush Pattern Tea Bowl of Karatsu Ware


Hakeme Chawan
Hakeme Chawan means brush pattern tea bowl in Japanese

The Hakeme style of pottery is a technique developed by Korean potters during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897). The characteristic white slip (engobe) is applied with a stiff brush (hakeme) to the vessel before firing.

Tea Bowl of old Korean Style Brush Pattern
The brush work is beautifully done.

And then, the Chawan is covered with an ash glaze.

  • There are three procedures. First, brushing slip inside and out after scraping; secondly, with same clays, this may be done before scraping; thirdly, brushing slip inside the pot immediately after swabbing with water, if this suits the nature of the clay.
  • Source: Kodansha America, Inc; The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty; by Soetsu Yanagi and Bernard Leach; 15.07. 2013; paage 176, line 6 (Retrieved 27.08.2016)

Hakeme Chawan with Niju Kodai (double foot)
The signature of the potter is carved on the bottom.

Hakeme tea bowls are with its sobriety and simple elegance very popular in the Japanese tea ceremony.

It is said that after years of intensive, but careful use the white slip inside the Chawan is going to change its color from grey-white to shades of purple (?).

When I look at my images, I have to use this Hakeme Karatsu Chawan more frequently in the months of summer ^.^


Awaraku by Marukyu Koyama-en prepared as thin tea in Hakeme Chawan
Oca Ocani

My journey through the world of Japanese teas started after discovering Matcha. That was nearly eight years ago. And during this time Matcha became my favorite green tea.With this Blog I want to share this passion, inspire and show the versatility of Matcha.

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