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Mineral Reserve, No. 1

Mineral Reserve, No. 1

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This bowl is hand-thrown with a blend of Taiwanese and Japanese clays, then high-fired with a thick aquamarine celadon. High firing temperature creates a thick, glass-like exterior with a beautiful crackling effect. These crackles on the glazed surface will deepen in color with use.

A dark iron-rich glaze is used as accent in this piece, most visible on the top edge, and both interior and exterior sides of the bowl.

Traditional half-cylinder shape, shorter than others in the collection. Undulating top edge. Subtle taper to a small unglazed foot. Artist signature is stamped on the bowl's base.

About Tea Bowls

In Japan, tea bowls are traditionally used to drink whisked powdered tea (matcha). In Taiwan, they are often used to drink loose leaf tea. We've adopted this latter approach. It's quite simple - and works wonders on most of our teas.

Simply warm a tea bowl, add tea leaves, and add water. We suggest using 1 to 2 grams less tea than our normal recommended dosage, and filling the bowl 2/3 of the way to the top. Adding a slow steady stream of the water over the leaves also help the leaves settle to the bottom. Steep until leaves have just opened. Sip, and add more water if necessary.

Drinking tea from a bowl is both casual, and elegant. It's also a very personal and comforting experience.

Approximate dimensions: 70mm tall, 110mm diameter, 300ml volume・Artist: 廖國華

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