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Glazed stoneware・5 Day Wood-fired

This bowl is hand-thrown with Taiwanese clay mixed with iron oxide particles. It was then fired in a wood-burning kiln for 5 days.

The glaze ranges from dark brown to black, with hints of a light gray at the foot and the interior of the bowl. Wood-firing imparted a beautiful metallic sheen. The glaze on this piece was allowed to run to the base of the foot, where it pooled in such a way to look similar to melted wax.

Cylindrical bowl, with a slight taper and an undulating edge. Artist signature is stamped on the bowl's base.

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: 80mm tall, 110m diameter, 310ml volume・Artist: 廖國華

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