Hand painted cherry blossom Chawan / Tea Bowl.
I make this bottle on the potters wheel and once it is dry enough I trim the bottom. Then while it is still very wet, apply slip to newsprint paper that is transferred on to the bottle. This allows me to layer the slip and to acquire a stucco appearance, much like on an old building. Then, I paint my cherry blossom motif on the outside. Once the pot is completely dry it gets fired. After it comes out of the first firing, I apply a black underglaze wash for an antiquing appearance to the outside of the pot and a matte red glaze to the inside. Then the pot goes back in the kiln the for its second and final firing. After it comes out of the glaze kiln, the outside of the bottle is then wet sanded for a super smooth finish.