Tea bowls in Zhang Yun Cheng’s Shino Cloud series were first hand-thrown, then shaped with a series of knife-cuts to create their unique geometric facets. A final turn on the wheel smoothed away the angularity, giving the bowls a comfortable rounded profile.
This bowl received a thin shino glaze on the exterior, and a thicker glaze on the interior. Fired in a wood-kiln for five days, the thinner glaze emerges from the kiln with a glossy, golden sheen. The thicker interior glaze exhibits a high degree of crawling, separating into curds that give the interior a cloud-like appearance. A smattering of carbon trapping provides texture and depth to the golden surface. An iridescent patina comes from tea pre-seasoning by the artist.
The facets on this bowl are subtle, smoothed by hand, and by glazing. The bowl fits comfortable in the hand, while the subtle angles provide texture.
Approximate dimensions: 95mm tall, 105mm diameter, 325ml・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|