This is one of four tea bowls from ceramicist Zhang Yun Cheng, thrown with a textured stoneware and fired in a wood-burning kiln for five days. This series is so named because its texture and color is reminiscent of coconut husks.
This bowl is thinly glazed on the exterior, then fired in a wood-kiln for five days. The kiln effect enhances the rusticity of the bowl’s texture, by drawing out iron oxide crystals around the lip. Carbon trapping is visible on almost every surface. This bowl received extra attention by the artist, who pre-seasoned it with tea for over a week. The beautiful iridescence comes from this pre-seasoning.
The rusticity of this bowl contrasts beautifully with the elegant taper and the very narrow foot.
Approximate dimensions: 95mm tall, 110mm diameter, 415ml・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|