Incense burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Incense burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Incense burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Incense burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Incense burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Incense burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa

Incense burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin

Regular price ¥135,000

Hand-made incense burner. Made in Kyoto by Hirokazu Ichikawa, featuring the potter's kiln-fired pale-blue color.

If you ever feel worn out, picture this: a thin line of incense smoke slowly rising from an elegant burner, releasing its gentle scent throughout your home. Doing your thing, watching TV, or even working, suddenly feels better. And you're not the only one to feel this: did you know that even samurai warriors used incense to unwind, with generals reportedly sitting surrounded by smooth incense smoke before a battle?

Actually, there's no need to imagine all this: now you can experience it in your home.

KiGinKin limited stock: 1
Techniques: Kiyomizu-yaki
Materials: Glazed porcelain
Size in mm (width, depth, height) 114 x 114 x 127
Weight in grams: 880
For sale until August 31, 2021
Manufacturing time: 7 days
What's this? We will take your order and pass it on to the manufacturer at the end of the selling period: the time shown here is the time it will take to make the item, starting from the day the manufacturer received the order.
To know more, check our "How does it work?" page

Only one piece existing.
Designed and made in Kyoto (Japan).

Product description
This beautifully hand-made incense burner is designed to lodge the Japanese traditional incense sticks or cones. Made in Kyoto potter Hirokazu Ichikawa's outstanding style, it is carefully created layer by layer, relying on the potter's experience and creativity instead of a mold. Let's dive into this.

• The uniqueness. This item is literally one of a kind: the potter carefully created its design with the intention of making a single piece, and has agreed on making it available only on KiGinKin only. Once it is in your collection, it will always be yours and yours only.

• The shape. To create this Kiyomizu-yaki incense burner, the potter first made the several hexagons that became the layers. Note that each has a different size. He proceeded to combining them at the right angles, layer by layer, until the full shape was created. The purpose of angles and sizes? The ascending, spiraling movement that the eye follows when looking at this object. Imagine the beauty of the overall movement that can be felt when burning incense. Also, placing the lid while burning smaller sticks or cones allows for a different way to enjoy the view.

• The color. The potter's peculiar pale-blue color is obtained though the coating of each item with a unique mix of materials which, when fired, react and naturally create this tone (see image below.) Not only is the mix prepared and applied by hand following Ichikawa's unique recipe: the potter is constantly experimenting to find the perfect color he has in mind, which means that the color you see in the images looks different from any items the potter will make in the future. Additionally, the specific tonality of each single piece will depend on environmental conditions, such as temperature and its distance from the fire.

• The packaging. The burner comes in an especially-designed hand-made wooden box, called kiribako.

kiginkin fired pale blue procelain glaze
Instructions for use
Pour the scented ash (one bag included in the order) in the burner, up to 50-70% of its capacity. Place your favorite incense stick or cone within. Applying the lid creates a different feel, while also making the smoke expand in different ways. Experiment and find out what works best for your space!

One final note: if your only experience with incense is in a church or a temple, please keep in mind that the types of incense used at home have a wide range of completely different scents: woods, plants, flowers, but also leaves, fruits, and even coffee and tea. To each their own! If you would like to try one or more types of Japanese incense, please contact us and we will prepare a special selection based on your requirements.

Wipe the outside with a soft cloth to remove dust and ash.
For stronger stains, use a soft cloth dampened with warm water.
In case of stubborn stains (e.g. food, oils...), first pour any ash from the vessel into a plastic bag, then rinse it with water. Finally, hand-wash the burner or the lid with a non-abrasive detergent and a soft sponge. Wipe the outside with a dry cloth, and let the inside dry naturally. Do not use brushes or dish-wash. Wait until completely dry before pouring the ash back into the burner.

• This product is one of a kind, and you will receive the piece you see in the images.
• Do not dishwash, even in case of stubborn stains.
• Do not leave immersed in water or other liquids for long times.

• This product may not be returned. Items that you receive broken will be reimbursed. Please read our return policy to know more.
• If you would like to order Japanese incense along with this item, please contact us and we will prepare a selection based on your requirements.
• The kiribako box is traditionally made with very thin wood, and it is only intended for protection during shipping and storing. We will take the utmost care when placing the kiribako inside the shipping box; however, due to the delicate nature of a kiribako, it may crack before it reaches you. Please be aware that this is not considered a defect, and it won't result in a refund as long as the item itself is undamaged.

Hirokazu Ichikawa is a Kiyomizu-yaki potter based in an area in Kyoto known as Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi. His pottery is easily recognized by a peculiar color, obtained through the application of a secret mixture of materials which, when fired, react and naturally create the pale-blue glaze.

kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile before after firing color change
kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile set

Born and raised in Kyoto, Ichikawa graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1984, and has been a regular exhibitor at the Kyoto Art Exhibition since then.
He further developed his style and technique in the years, while receiving recognition on a national and international level. Ichikawa's work has been exhibited in all Japan (Nitten, Asahi Ceramic Exhibition, and others) and in the US, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (Md).

Ichikawa creates his pottery out of his kiln in Kyoto.

kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile wheel kiln
Sorry, no customization available for this product.

FAQ for the Incense Burner - Fully Hand Made, Exclusively on KiGinKin

Please note that these questions were made for a similar item, and they are applicable to this incense burner. Please contact us to submit further questions.

A: Can I use other types of incense in this burner, like Indian wood?
Yes. The shape is designed for the incense sticks commonly found in Japan, but as long as you have a way to lit up and place another type of incense, it is safe to do so. We recommend filling the vessel with enough scented ash (one bag included in the order) for the purpose.

A: Can I make other uses of it?
Q: Yes. This item is made in the same way and with the same materials as other items by the potter, such as the sake flask. It is safe to use with food. Please refer to the "Details" and "Care & Notes" of food-related items for maintenance and care.