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CHAKABUKI

チャカブ木

Chakabuki is the studio name for potter Hashizume Kayo. Deeply rooted in and intrigued by the land of Yame in Fukuoka, where green tea is the main traditional product, Chakabuki's focus on teaware came naturally. Exploring human interaction with the land and nature, Hashizume forages its wild clay to throw and fire, drawing on early historic clay modeling and firing practices. This in turn inspired her to develop an organic approach to tea drinking and teaware making as a whole.
Recently Hashizume has collaborated regularly with Sugi Kentaro, an ikebana florist, with a series of teapots and holders called Birds On The Leaves.


Process And Materials:
All Chakabuki's pieces are made of locally foraged and processed wild clay. In the process of making them, she uses local materials as much as possible.
The process involves reinforcing the clay surface by press-rolling woven rice stalk twines before the teaware is fired. This method has been widely seen in pre-historic clay relics in Japan, showing distinctive twine patterns (Jo-mon).
Pots are unglazed. They are wood fired at high temperatures in the Yakishime style with Anagama, which is one of the primitive types of kiln.
Japanese natural lacquer (urushi) is also applied to the fired surfaces to reinforce them.
Dried seeds/nuts from local trees are often used to form knobs for the teapots. The wood on the ceramic kettles is from Japanese green tea trees.

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