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.
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?