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Liao Guo Hua’s studio and hand-built wood kiln perch on a pastoral hillside in Nantou, deep in the heart of Taiwanese tea country. This proximity is tangible in his work. His reverence for tea craft, history, and ritual can be seen in the minimal aesthetic of his forms. His pots honor the unpredictable and mysterious play of fire and ash inherent to wood kilns, and allow tea to take the center stage.

Exaggerated slip crawls beneath a sheen of wood ash, coating this bowl both in and out and settling in burnished browns along the artist’s heavy throw lines. These two elements, the gauntlet of the kiln fire and the hand of the maker, epitomize the lifecycle of every pot. This bowl stands as testament to the craft.

This bowl is on the larger size of this series. The scale and weight are perfect for cradling in two hands.

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, without soap or detergent.

Approximate dimensions: 90mm tall, 120mm diameter, 530ml・Artist: 廖國華


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