Tea bowls in Zhang Yun Cheng’s Shino Cloud series were first hand-thrown, then shaped with a series of knife-cuts to create their unique geometric facets. A final turn on the wheel smoothed away the angularity, giving the bowls a comfortable rounded profile.
This bowl glazing is markedly different than other bowls in the series. Instead of the typical shino glazing on both interior and exterior, this particular bowl only received a thin dark brown matte glaze on the exterior surface - beginning just inside the lip, and stopping short of the foot. The color of the glaze - and the effect of the long five day firing on it - also gives this bowl a unique rusticity. Pre-seasoning in tea by the artist gives the surfaces a slight iridescence.
This angles on this bowl are more obvious, though as is the case of all the bowls in this series, the shape and weight of this bowl is balanced, and fits comfortably in the hand.
Approximate dimensions: 90mm tall, 105mm diameter, 340ml・Artist: 張允澄
About Tea Bowls
In Taiwan, tea bowls are often used to drink loose leaf tea. 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. Fill the bowl 2/3 of the way to the top. Pour a steady stream of water over the leaves to help them settle to the bottom. Steep until leaves have just opened. Sip, and add more water if necessary.
Usage and care: Hand-wash only, mild detergent is ok.
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|