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.
The bowl is unglazed, but is hand-textured by the ceramicist with fine vertical lines on its outer surface. A long wood-firing adds texture and depth, and deposits of vitrified fly ash on a few surfaces. This bowl has a tinge of iridescence from pre-seasoning with tea.
This bowl is thrown slightly thinner around the lip than the body. The textured walls, weight and scale makes it a pleasure to use.
Approximate dimensions: 90mm tall, 100mm diameter, 375ml・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|