Tea Bowls

Japanese and Chinese tea bowls have been an alluring object for ceramicists/potters world wide.

 

 

The Japanese tea ceremony epitomizes a quiet aesthetic sensibility called wabi sabi 侘 寂

(Touching Stone, 2015)

 

I too am captivated by this simple form, which has transcended from existing purely as a functional device to a prized cultural chalice; embodying ‘unpretentious beauty, purity, dignity, and humility’. (ibid)
As part of my studio based enquiry I initially set about to produce a range of functional ceramics. However, in light of discovering the love for these little objects, I have decided to focus my enquiry specifically on the making method of tea bowls.

As demonstrated below tea bowls exist in a variety of forms. In fact any small vessel (usually mounted on a small foot ring) can be given the classification of tea bowl. 

(Flyeschool, 2011)

Mostly wheel thrown or handbuilt, tea bowls exist upon the human hand. Can a plaster formed, slip cast tea bowl embody the aforementioned qualities of unpretentious beauty, purity and dignity? Do these qualities depend on an explicit handmade interaction?

This Pinterest link captures the vast array of objects bestowed with the classified of tea bowl. 

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