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 particular bowl is the most cylindrical of the series, with the final rounding removing most of this bowl’s sharp angles creating tall, straight profile. It was glazed in shino on both the interior and exterior surfaces. The thicker interior glaze exhibits a high degree of crawling, wherein the molten clay pooled into separate curds, revealing the raw clay underneath. The thinner exterior glaze appears golden, with a smattering of carbon trapping that gives the surface texture and depth.
The glossy exterior combined with the rounded facets make this bowl a pleasure to hold and to use.
Approximate dimensions: 100mm tall, 100mm diameter, 345ml・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|