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Celadon Reserve, No. 3

Celadon Reserve, No. 3

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This bowl is hand-thrown with a blend of Taiwanese and Japanese clays, then celadon glazed and mid-fired. Controlled firing temperature and time gives the thick celadon glaze a beautiful, nearly matte sheen that is exceptionally smooth to the touch. Crackles criss-cross the glazed surfaces, and will deepen in color with use.

This bowl is distinguished by a contrasting swath of dark brown and sage from iron oxide particles in glaze and clay body, a dramatic running drip on one exterior, and smaller iron oxide drips on the interior and exterior of the bowl.

Traditional half-cylinder shape. Undulating top edge. Subtle taper to a small unglazed foot. Artist signature is stamped on the bowl's base. This bowl was pre-seasoned by the artist, simmered in tea for several days to give it a rich patina and sheen.

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, 105mm diameter, 300ml volume・Artist: 廖國華

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