This charming tea bowl has a simple, straightforward shape and is very comfortable to hold. It has a slight indent built around the outside of the bowl 3/4 of the way up from the bottom that one feels before one sees it. No matter how one holds the tea bowl this spot is exactly where one’s fingers rest.
I love a detail on teabowls such as this that takes the tea drinker into account by anticipating form and function, and shows that the potter uses his experience to comfortably fit tea bowls to human hands. This teabowl is made from a fine white clay and it has an unglazed footring. A cream color glaze provides a backdrop for the image of an old, gnarly tree which has sprouted an abundance of joyful red and gold flowers.
The tree branches spill over into the inside of the tea bowl, where a few carefully placed green leaves will ‘pop’ with dymanic energy when the tea bowl contains a frothy drink of vibrant green Matcha. This elegant and fine tea bowl is marked with the seal of the potter.
This is a handmade item – slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese teawares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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