This is my first chawan, purchased from DoMatcha. Chawans are used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and are for drinking matcha; finely ground green tea powder whisked with hot water. Before acquiring this chawan, I would drink my matcha from either a wide soup cup or cereal bowl. I must say that it is more satisfying to drink matcha from a traditional vessel.
Chawans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from elegantly simplistic to rough and earthy. I chose this one because I hadn't seen many with a red glaze. It contrasts nicely with the bright green matcha after it is mixed and has complex enough patterning to keep the eyes interested. The patina of the glaze is smooth but with a slight texture for easy gripping. The bowl doesn't get too hot, is nicely weighted, and its flat "foot" keeps it from easily tipping. The interior is smooth with no ridges so the matcha powder is easy to mix properly. This style is slightly taller and thinner than most and is meant to be used in the winter since it more effectively retains heat. I will be using it year-round however. If you are new to drinking matcha and don't want to blow you budget, this attractive chawan should be on your short list. Do yourself a favor and get a bamboo whisk (chasen) and a good quality matcha to mix in it.