This unglazed wood-fired bowl by Zhang Yun Cheng was hand thrown using untextured stoneware. The interior of the bowl and the tapering foot is perfectly smooth, while a band of grainy texture adds visual interest.
This bowl was fired in a wood-kiln for five days. What emerged is a surface that is golden, but marked with carbon trapping and iron oxide crystals. The additional of iron-rich grains on the side of the bowl contrasts with the glossy smoothness of the bowl’s other surfaces. The iridescent patina comes from pre-seasoning with tea by the artist.
This simple bowl fits comfortably in the hand. The contrast between the smoothness of the foot and the texture of the bowl’s walls makes this bowl a pleasure to hold and to use.
Approximate dimensions: 80mm tall, 110mm diameter, 300ml・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|