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Chawan / Tea Bowl #9

Regular price $25.00

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Wood fired Chawan / Tea Bowl by day, doubles well as a large sake cup or whiskey cup by night.

Details:

~ Measures: 2 1/4 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide at the rim
~ Capacity: 5 oz apx.
~ Straight rim
~ Tenmoku glaze inside, bare outside
~ Food, dishwasher, and microwave safe

 

Each wood fired pot is truly unique and what makes this one special is a golden flashing on almost half the outside of the cup. Golden flashing also occurs along the inside rim and wall the cup. Half the inside rim has tea dust crystals.  Hares fur (streaking) appears in a few spots along inside wall and tea dust crystals accentuate the dark molasses color of the tenmoku glaze on the inside bottom. 

 

My process:

I make this tea bowl on the potter's wheel and once the rim is dry enough to support itself, I turn it over and carve this bottom freehand.  This spontaneous and gestural way of working with the moist clay embraces the wabi sabi tradition (acceptance of transience and imperfection) I enjoy working in.

Once the pot is completely dry, it is bisque fired, then a tenmoku glaze is applied to the inside of the cup and the outside is left bare for the anagama kiln magic to happen. The kiln is fired with wood for 5 days, and when it finished it is closed up and left to cool for one week.

Wood ash when heated at high temperatures becomes a glaze, flames in the wood fire kiln allow flashing and wood ash to be deposited on to the outside of cup making each piece truly unique and one of a kind. 

This tea bowl was fired the week of Memorial Day 2022 in the Big Magic Anagama in Springhill, Kansas.