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Glazed stoneware・5 Day Wood-fired

This bowl is hand-thrown with Taiwanese clay mixed with stone. It received a dark gray glaze, and fired in a wood-burning kiln for 5 days.

The unique character of this bowl comes from the heavy layer of fly ash deposit on the bowls surfaces. The vitrified ash expresses as a cloudy gray on the interior and exterior surfaces, running down more heavily on one side of the bowl. The appearance is similar to the mottled colors of a bed of riverstones.

This bowl is gently curved at the base, tapering to an unglazed foot. The artist’s signature is stamped on the 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: 65mm tall, 105mm diameter, 270ml volume・Artist: 廖國華

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